One quick way to rule out any hand hding technique would be to take some shots from the tripod, VR off and a slight delay so the mirror can settle in before the Perture is released. If they are good and sharp the. You know it is something you are doing. I am not saying it is but it is a good way to rule it out for everyone here trying to help you figure it out. Just a thought. I ca. Way my shots were soft or just downright blurry when I first started using the D3200 over time and by paying close attention to breathing and how I activate the shutter things have gotten much better. I do almost always use single point focus though, handheld VR on, at least on on the lenses I have that have it.