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How to make your photos more sharp, some tips (part 1) ..

Tip 1006 (What exactly is meant by sharpness in a photo): Sharpness is one of the biggest issues in photography. People, whether amateur or professional can really get frustrated when they have taken a photo of something they like, and find that the photo is not sharp. But what exactly is meant by the phrase that the photo is not sharp ? One simple explanation is that sharpness actually means the amount of detail visible in the portion of the image that has focus. When a photo is very sharp, you are able to see a lot more detail that you would be able to see if there is some blurring in the image.

Tip 1007 (Using the half pressed button for focusing): This tip is known for most people who have spent some time with their cameras, since they know this tactic. But in discussions with friends, it has become clear that there are a lot of people who do not know this tip. What this means is that cameras where auto-focus is turned on (all point and shoot cameras and the default mode for lens on SLR’s), the camera will do an auto-focus and then you need to press the shutter fully. If you don’t give the camera sufficient time for this auto-focus, there is a strong chance that the image will not be fully focused.

Tip 1008 (Stabilizing the camera): One of the most likely reasons for getting an image that is blurred is because of shake of the hand in low light; this shake of the hand causes the object to be blurred even though the object is not stable. For this purpose, stabilizing the camera by putting it on a tripod or some other stable position (such as putting the camera on a solid object) is enough to get a sharp image.

Tip 1009 (Shoot lots of photos): One of the advantages of digital memory cards (with large capacities) is that you can take a large number of photos without worrying about filling up the card. So consider that you want to take an image of a moving object, and you know that it is going to be harder to take the photo. In such cases, there is a greater chance that one or more of the photos will be sharp. However, this requires a certain amount of effort to review all the photos that are taken, and to delete the ones that are not sharp or desirable.

Tip 1010 (Depth of field): It can be somewhat confusing as to what the depth of field has to do with the photo being sharp; however, this is more for those folks whose experience in depth of field and aperture is not of an expert level. For example, you take an image at a large aperture, and then you find that most of the objects in your image are out of focus; even though the main object is in focus (but for you, that photo may not be so useful). What you need to do is to understand that a large aperture results in a depth of field that is much shorter, which means that more objects are out of focus. Instead, if you are taking a landscape or similar and objects are at different focal lengths, you would want to ensure that you are using an aperture of f/8 or f/11 so that more objects are in focus.

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Videos of getting sharp photos from youtube:

Digiscoping. How to take Sharp Photos: Focus, Aperture, Timer, Tripod & Quality Optics

“PhotoTips” How to get sharp images (My top 10 tips)

How to get the sharpest images possible

chromatic aberration in video (how to get sharp images)

Photography tips: Handholding your camera (by wildlife photographer Chris Weston)

No Mac, No Cheese – Episode 5: Sharp images in low light


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