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Photography Tips - How to Take Extra Sharp Photos

I'm starting a 17 part series on specific and practical steps that photographers of all levels can take to improve their photography with a specific emphasis on how to capture tack sharp images. A sharp image is one that is clear, not blurry, and shows detail. While this isn't necessarily appropriate for all photographic styles, it is a strong primer for those looking to build a good foundation in the photographic art form.

If you have been disappointed in the results from your photography, it may not be the fault of the camera. Most often, camera gear is where photographers turn when looking to improve the sharpness of their images when technique is equally, if not more, important.

Just learning a few techniques both in-camera and in post-processing (Photoshop) can make a huge difference in the quality of your photos. Even pro photographers need to apply these techniques.

While dSLR owners are targeted by much of this content, point and shoot owners can benefit from several of the topics denoted in the outline below with a (PS).

The outline below will be updated with links to the articles as they are written so that this page may serve as a menu/dashboard for this series.


1) F8 and Be There - added September 20, 2010
2) Trust Your Autofocus
3) Use Individual AF Points - Aim for the Eyes
4) Check Your LCD (PS)
5) Using Artificial Light (PS)
6) Use High Quality Lenses - added September 23, 2010
7) Get Close to Your Subject (PS)
8) Use Your Image Stabilizer (PS)
9) Mind Your Shutter Speed
10) Using a Tripod or Monopod - added January 21, 2011
11) In-Camera Photo Style Settings (PS)
12) Increase ISO (PS)
13) Blur Your Background with Bokeh
14) Using the Timer or a Remote Shutter Release (PS)
15) Sunny 16 Rule - added February 7, 2011


16) Shoot in RAW and Process in ACR (PS)
17) Sharpening with Unsharp Mask and High Pass (PS)

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Reader Comments (4)

thanx for ur instructions & tips,with ur tips anybody can make Extra Sharp Photos.i will try it .

November 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersussane

Thanks thank! I just got my new Nikon D90, and I am still exploring the things...

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDvor Srbija

Is this applicable for a point and shoot camera? I am thinking of getting a new point and shoot camera and I can't decide what to get between the Nikon Coolpix S8000 and the Canon S95... I'm hoping to try out some tips that I get on the net.

January 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTop Rated Cameras

Many are applicable to Point and Shoot users as well as to dSLR users. Look for the (PS) next to those that definitely apply to Point and Shoot cameras.

February 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathan Ciurzynski

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