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How to make your photos more sharp, some tips (part 4) ..

Read the third part of this series (getting sharp photos):

Tip 1021 (Using a prime lens): A prime lens is a very simple lens, without any zoom capability. However, these lenses are famous for helping photographers shoot razor sharp photos, and if you really do not need a lot of zoom capabilities, then a prime lens can help shoot the best photos, especially for landscapes and portraits.

Tip 1022 (Shake caused due to mirror movement): In cameras that have mirrors (some recent cameras come without mirrors), the mirror moves up in order to let the light onto the sensor and away from the LCD / view finder, and this movement can cause a slight shake of the camera when the shutter button is pressed. In your DSLR, there could be a setting for setting the camera on mirror lock up mode, which can have a slight impact in terms of improvement of images.

Tip 1023 (Getting a makeshift tripod): You do not carry a tripod anywhere, and many locations do not allow you to carry a tripod. In such cases, you can depend on a number of makeshift replacements for the tripod, such as tables, rocks, etc. I remember a case where a celebration was marked by some fireworks, and this was in a garden. I managed to get a well stuffed brush as the base for the camera (after putting a 10 second delay for ensuring that all shake was removed) and got reasonably sharp photos.

Tip 1024 (Getting to know the sweet spot of your lens): Most zoom lens do not take as good photos at the ends of the zoom (such as at the wide end or the full zoom lens), and once you have shot enough with your lens, you will get to get much better photos at less than full zoom, and at aperture values that are 2-3 stops away from the aperture range.

Tip 1025 (Shutter release delay of 2 seconds or using a cable release): Even when mounting a camera on a tripod, there can be some shake based on the pressing of the shutter release button. One way to avoid this is by either using a cable release, which eliminates the need to press the shutter release, or by setting a 2 second delay between pressing the shutter button and the actual taking of the photo.

Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It The Digital Photography Book Beyond Snapshots: How to Take That Fancy DSLR Camera Off “Auto”

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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