Taking sharp images is perhaps the ultimate goal of any photographer, and it’s only natural then that over the past 150-odd years photographers have found a number of different ways to achieve it.
In the first of a two-part series, our head of testing Angela Nicholson draws on her wealth of experience and explains all of the methods photographers use to get sharp images.
We put our heads together and came up with 9 common subjects and shooting situations in which using autofocus will likely let you down.
Do you want to take the sharpest landscape photos possible? Who doesn’t! Our tutorial below demystifies the hyperfocal distance technique and shows you how calculating hyperfocal distance can maximise depth of field in your landscapes to ensure images that are sharp all the way through the frame.
Don’t rely on centre-point autofocus for your landscape photography. Our tutorial below shows you how to avoid spoiling your excellent photo composition with blurry photos by keeping your foreground interest sharp.
Are you tired of soft photos? Few things are as deflating as coming home from what you thought was a great shoot, only to find your images aren’t sharp under closer scrutiny.
After all, knowing how to focus is one of the fundamental skills of being a photographer – yet it’s one of the most common photography problems there is. Thankfully, our latest photography cheat sheet is here to help.
Picking the right AF mode for your subject is essential if you want sharp results. Most DSLRs come with one manual focusing mode and three auto options, including single shot, continuous and an automatic mode that switches between the two. These auto modes all work the same way (lightly press the shutter release and the lens will focus) but each suits a different type of subject. Here’s how each of your options work and when and why you want to use them.
Do you want a quick camera tip for making sure you have perfect focus in your images? If your DSLR has a Live View mode you can use this function to magnify your subjects and test your image sharpness. Or alternatively you can zoom in during image playback. Here’s how it’s done…
In today’s world of responsive technology, shooting successful imagery has never been easier. It’s hard to believe that not so long ago, a jostling Fleet Street photographer would have had no choice but to focus manually in the photo scrum, as would sports photographers.
Can you imagine tracking a fast-moving tennis pro without lightning-quick AF? Thankfully, today every camera, from the humble mobile phone to a consumer SLR, has a sophisticated and accurate AF system.
One of the first rules of photography is that the subject should be sharp. Most modern cameras offer a number of ways of achieving sharp photos, and in this post we’re going to look at the most important digital camera focus techniques and the best settings to use. We’ll look at how to select the AF point and which focus mode to use.
Most photographers love landscape photography as it gives you a chance to get out into the countryside with your camera. But it can often be hard to get scenic shots that are as sharp as you want. It is not just a matter of setting a small aperture and using a tripod, you need to take full control of depth of field. In this tutorial we’ll explain step-by-step how to take sharp photos every time you shoot.