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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(PS)
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


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

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