Sharpness continues to be a problem for some beginners and even intermediate photographers. Here are 15 tips for those of you who want the absolutely sharpest photo you can get. 1. Use A Tripod If you want the sharpest picture possible, use a tripod. If the camera moves when you make the photo, the photo […]

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Some folks live and die by the sharpness of an image. I am not one of them. I am totally fine with an image being downright soft as long as it’s sharp where it needs to be. But for those who want to maximize sharpness, here are some tips. NOTE: This list isn’t comprehensive, but […]

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Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of things to consider when you want to make the very sharpest photo that you can possibly make in any given situation. While it’s not at all always important to have a super sharp image, if you want one – these steps will get you closer than anything else I can think of.

1. What’s Your Target?

Establish what you want to be sharp. In a portrait – it will be the eyes. In a landscape, it might be a prominent foreground object. Whatever it is, you can’t measure sharpness if you don’t know what your target is.

2. Use A Tripod

If you want the sharpest picture possible, use a tripod. If the camera moves when you make the photo, the photo will not be as sharp as possible. Even the slight pressure of your finger on the shutter can make a difference. So use a tripod and make sure it’s properly set up. Make sure that it’s stable and locked down. And use a sturdy tripod. The $30 tripod they sell at Ritz isn’t going to cut it.
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There is a difference between sharpness and resolution in a digital image.

I see too many Internet photo forum conversations by wannabe experts that confuse people on this issue. So my mission today is to get a bit more technical than usual and explain that sharpness and resolution are in no way related.

Now if I get too technical, don’t worry about it. Just ignore the basis of my argument and accept the concept that you can have a 14 megapixel sensor that doesn’t produce images that are as SHARP as a camera with a six megapixel sensor. In other words, sharpness and resolution have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH EACH OTHER!

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