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

Kidkett

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

Kidkett Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 09th Apr 2010
Tue 21-May-13 06:06 AM

Ok Bruce,

Howard gave you some great advice and to add to it, yes processing and sharpening just about all your pictures will give you a better looking picture. I would do all the sharpening in your post processing as most will agree you can do a better job. Until you can nail every shot you take I would shoot in RAW format or RAW + JPEG that will be a lot smaller file than the 200+ MB TIFF file. Plus you can do a lot better editing on a RAW file. If you nail the shot you can save the JPEG or change the RAW NEF to a TIFF file if that is what you want and delete the RAW file. I use Nikon’s Capture NX2 with Nik’s plug-in inside that work very well together. I like to be able to change all the setting in my camera when I need too.

I took your squirrel shot and edited it and sharpen it a little so you can see what I am talking about. You can see better what is in focus along the grass line on both sides of the squirrel; you did well at that aperture. But I would start by changing focus to the AF-on button on the back of the camera to make it easier to focus and reframe your picture so the subject is not always in the middle of your pictures. It gets the focus off the shutter button so when you reframe your shot you won’t refocus to another spot in the picture which happens very easily. Learn to use it now while you’re learning your camera, you will love it down the road when you get used to it.

Like they are telling you in this post work on your handheld technique will make a big difference in your pictures. Use a shutter speed 2-3 the focal length until you get it down will help. You got a great camera so go out and enjoy it, learn all you can along the way.

Good Luck,
Bill


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