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    Take your sharpest photos ever

    | Photography Tutorials | 10/07/2009 14:19pm
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    From tripods to cable releases, we give you the best advice to help you take the sharpest shots ever

    There’s nothing better than checking the LCD on your camera after a shot to reveal amazing composition and light. And there’s nothing worse than checking the sharpness back home on the computer and seeing a blurred and wasted frame. Sharpness is everything and lack of it is one thing that can wreck an otherwise fine shot.

    There’s nothing better than checking the LCD on your camera after a shot to reveal amazing composition and light. And there’s nothing worse than checking the sharpness back home on the computer and seeing a blurred and wasted frame. Sharpness is everything and lack of it is one thing that can wreck an otherwise fine shot.

    Sharper images are a combination of many factors. Some things you wonít be able to control, such as the quality of glass in your lens, but the good news is that the majority of factors are in your hands with disciplined shooting techniques and the right gear.

    Ever heard the phrase ‘buy cheap, buy twice’? Well this has never been truer than for camera equipment. Tripods and monopods should be sturdy, heavyweight and well-constructed bits of kit. They should be able to hold your camera and lens without feeling rickety. Find a tripod or monopod suited to your camera kit and needs by taking your gear into a shop and trying them out.

    Better pictures and sharper images are also the result of good techniques. Choosing the correct shutter speed, one which is greater than the focal length you’re shooting, and knowing your own hand-holding threshold will instantly transform your photography. Bracing against trees, walls or buildings will all help to get sharper pictures whenever you shoot without a tripod, regardless of shutter speed.

    Using a smaller aperture and accurate focusing will help to keep your photos pin-sharp from front to back when shooting landscapes or vast cityscapes. Use a combination of the right gear and the best techniques to improve your success rate and you’ll soon be coming home with the sharpest images you’ve ever taken.

    Top tips for sharp pictures

    Tripods

    Avoid extending the centre column and if you’re shooting at waist level always collapse the lower, thinner legs first.

    Lens quality

    Always buy the best glass you can afford and check it out before you buy.

    Handholding

    Invest in a battery grip to make portraits format pictures easier to take.

    Shutter speed

    Shoot at a shutter speed that’s greater than the focal length you’re shooting. That means if you’re using a 500mm lens your shutter speed should be a 1/640sec.

    Sweet spot

    Shoot around your lens’ ‘sweet spot’, which is about f/8 or f/11. It’s best to avoid extreme apertures such as f/22 or f/2.8.

    Focusing

    Focus a third of the way into the frame for sharper landscape pictures.

    Bracing

    Walls, fallen trees, fences or even your mateís shoulder can be used to lean on and take steadier pictures.


    Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2009 at 2:19 pm under Photography Tutorials.

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