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

agitater

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

agitater Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007
Tue 21-May-13 02:14 AM

Your Boston Common Squirrel was shot at 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO200, focal length of 300mm. It's blurry because your shutter speed was w-a-a-y too slow. Although the VR in your 28-300 is very good, if your handheld technique is somewhat lacking in stability, the Nikkor VR can't stabiliize the lens sufficiently at that focal length and at 1/60s. I don't care what sort of VR a lens maker puts into its lenses, it won't solve all problems.

You could also do with a smaller aperture - f/6.3 makes more sense because it gives more depth of field. Keep in mind that a very slight movement of the camera (e.g., a few millimeters) translates into several centimeters at the distance at which you photographed the squirrel. The depth of field at f/5.6 at which you made the photo might place the subject in an out of focus area if you move the camera slightly.

Your Marathon Shoes photo is just a missed focus. It happens. You probably did not get a focus confirmation (green) dot in the viewfinder (lower right corner). Check your configuration settings to make sure that the shutter will only fire with a focus confirmation.

Your Sky Blossoms photo was made at f/4 - very little depth of field, and inappropriate for the subject matter. If you want everything in focus - blossoms, tree branches, sky and clouds - you need a smaller aperture, say, f/8 or f/11 depending on your physical distance to the nearest tree branch.

You might benefit greatly from one of those Bil Gardiner/Patrick Sullivan/Mike Hendrickson workshops at the Worcester Photo Studios. They cover all the basics of shutter, aperture, exposure compensation, white balance, depth of field control and so on. I've heard the classes are quite good. The D800 is a superb camera, but it is demanding and requires that users have a solid grounding in photography basics, and careful, well practiced handheld technique.

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