Let's talk a little bit about image sharpness


posted on 5th of may, 2009

© Theseedco (Help) Few things are more impressive than a full blown image with spot on focus and perfect optical sharpness. Unfortunately, few things are as hard as accomplishing this on regular basis, especially when you shoot under natural light and you're trying to squeeze your equipment budget even tighter. Nevertheless, there are several things which you can do to improve the sharpness of your images without necessarily spending more money on equipment (the spending-related solutions are at the bottom).

1. Mind the shutter speed. The lower the shutter speed, the higher the chance of getting an out of focus image due to camera shake. Some solutions have been mentioned on the message boards in the past.
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Posted by Unteroffizier on April 14, 2010
The tips mentioned here are valid and i find it more so true when shooting macro extreme closeup of insects and maybe some wildlife.

I usually use external flashes in most of my macro shots and keep my shutter most of the time at the fastest my camera allows (i.e 1/200).

Breathing is a factor not to be missed yes. In archery, swimming, shooting in the range and now photography. Depending on how still my subjects are sometimes i take a deep breath and hold it or just take a short breath in before pressing the shutter.

Supports can be used creativity. Not only can a camera be mounted on it for sturdiness, it can also hold your flashlights or allow secondary supports (e.g joby's gorilla pod) to be fixed onto it. Just that sometimes framing may be inconvenient to the photographer. One with a ballhead should add more flexibility. Yes the tripod can also be something you can lean or rest on at the correct angle and positioning.
Posted by Ronvid on January 27, 2010
Petar ... I could read your Blogs all day long. I think I just might :D
Posted by Freedomphotos on June 04, 2009
Thanks for the great tips and information in your article. I find the breathing technique helps stabilise and gets the mind focusing on the job I have used this also, while playing golf. One other point that is probably well below most of you, but worth mentioning, is when depressing the trigger, to use the flat of your finger not the tip, it is easier to control and there is a lot less movement. Hope this will help someone.



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