Ensuring Sharp Images
There’s no use in learning great technique only to take blurry photos. A nice crisp image makes all the difference between a great photo and a piece of garbage. Here are few tips to help create sharp photos.
Using Manual Focus
Developing manual focus skill is essential. With a live viewfinder, the easiest way to get auto-focus is to zoom in and then adjust the ring until the image is sharp.
This is best demonstrated here:
A Clean Lens
Keep a lens pen, a towelette, and spray handy. Smudge and dust can make photos blurry.
Depth of Field
Lower F-stops allow for less focus range (depth of field). Use a higher F-stop to give yourself a larger area of focus.
Use a tripod with a timer and/or a remote. Also consider environmental sources of movement like wind and vibrations.
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