Getting sharp images: every photo technique you need to know starting out

    | Photography Tips | 15/01/2013 11:30am
    Getting sharp images: every photo technique you need to know starting out

    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.

    Using Autofocus: 9 situations when AF will fail you

    | Photography Tips | 03/01/2013 01:00am
    How to set your autofocus for macro photography

    We put our heads together and came up with 9 common subjects and shooting situations in which using autofocus will likely let you down.

    Calculating hyperfocal distance: get sharp photos from front to back

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 17/12/2012 16:16pm
    Calculate and set the hyperfocal distance for landscapes: step 1

    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.

    Banish blurry photos: how to keep your foreground interest pin sharp

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 11/12/2012 11:30am
    Banish blurry photos: how to keep foreground interest pin sharp

    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.

    How to focus your camera for any subject or scene: free photography cheat sheet

    | Photography Tips | 16/11/2012 02:00am
    How to focus your camera for any subject or scene: free photography cheat sheet

    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.

    Focus modes: how, when and why you need to change your AF settings

    | Photography Tips | 13/11/2012 12:04pm
    Focus modes: how, when and why you need to change your AF settings

    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.

    Fine tune image sharpness using Live View

    | Photography for Beginners | 16/10/2012 17:52pm
    Fine tune image sharpness using Live View

    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…

    Creative Focus: camera tips for static to spontaneous subjects

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 09/10/2012 12:14pm
    Creative Focus: camera tips for static to spontaneous subjects

    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.

    Best camera focus techniques: 10 surefire ways to get sharp photos

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 01/10/2012 12:10pm
    Best camera focus techniques: 10 surefire ways to get sharp photos

    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.

    How to take sharp landscape photos

    | Photography for Beginners | 26/09/2012 16:00pm
    How to take sharp landscape photos: step 4

    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.

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