The easy option for digital sharpening is to ramp up the in-camera sharpening setting. However, some shots need more sharpening than others, and if you apply too much then image quality can fall. Digital sharpening isn’t applied to RAW files, but if you shoot JPEGs, any in-camera sharpening is permanent.
With that in mind, here is how to set your in-camera sharpening. For this exercise we used a Nikon DSLR, setting the sharpening via Nikon’s Picture Control menu. This process will be similar in other camera brands, such as Canon’s Picture Style menu.
Choose Set Picture Control in your camera’s Shooting menu. There are six Picture Control presets. Highlight one, then press the right arrow key to enter the Quick Adjust screen. Here, you can make five levels of modification to the overall effect.
With Quick Adjust, sharpening is altered automatically in line with other parameters. Tap the down arrow to highlight Sharpening and change it manually. There are 10 levels of adjustment – the yellow underline indicates the original setting.
Pressing and holding the camera button with the magnifying glass and ‘–’ sign brings up a grid. Contrast is the vertical axis on the graph – the higher the contrast, the greater the perceived sharpness your image will have.