10 Tips For Top Photo Sharpness

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3. Use A Tripod And A Solid Head

Most OP readers are familiar with our mantra about using a tripod. That’s why I didn’t put this tip first. Still, it’s important that you have a good tripod and head—and use them! One of the best investments I ever made photographically was buying an expensive carbon-fiber tripod and a solid, but lightweight head. I spent a little under $1,000 for the combination, which is both light and sturdy. You can find excellent tripods and heads for less money, but don’t go the cheap route.

The point is, make the investment. I find it hard to believe when I see photographers with expensive gear using a cheap tripod. I can guarantee that I’ll get sharper images from a less expensive camera and lens combined with a top-level tripod and head than I will from an expensive camera and a cheap tripod.



4. Shoot On Continuous For Challenging Conditions

Sooner or later, you’ll find a situation where sharpness is especially challenging. Maybe you have to shoot with a slow shutter speed, and you don’t have a tripod to steady your camera, or you may have subject movement from the wind.4. Shoot On Continuous For Challenging Conditions

A great trick is to set your camera on Continuous shooting. It’s not just for action! If you’re shooting at a slow shutter speed, hold down the shutter for a burst of maybe five or six shots. Even though most won’t be sharp, one or two shots usually will be. And for that moving subject, hold down the shutter and keep shooting as you work to get the subject in focus. Again, you’ll find many of your pictures will be out of focus, but you’ll also get sharp shots.

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