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How do I get sharper, in-focus pictures? Want to learn!

GiantTristan

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"RE: How do I get sharper, in-focus pictures? Want to learn!"

GiantTristan Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006
Tue 14-May-13 12:00 AM | edited Tue 14-May-13 01:41 AM by GiantTristan

There are indeed many variables to consider, if you want to obtain sharp captures with your D800. Perhaps the following will help you to get started:

Set lens to a focal length of 70mm
Put your camera on a sturdy tripod.
Set both lens and camera on manual.
Turn off VR
Mode "A", iso 100
Select an aperture of f/5.6
Image quality RAW
Select d4 exposure delay mode 3s
Picture Control - SD Standard, but sharpening to 9 and contrast +3
Active D-Lighting off
Press LiveView button
Second highest magnification
Focus manually till the object you want to take a picture of is in sharp focus
Take the picture

The picture control setting has obviously no effect on the raw file, but the suggested setting facilitates LiveView focusing.

In LR4 I suggest to set sharpening as follows:
Amount 60
Radius 0.7
Detail 70
Masking 40

Enable Profile Correction for your lens.

Using this "recipe" you ought to get sharp pictures. You can then start working on other variables like hand holding, auto focus etc.

Good luck


Tristan

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