The term “tack sharp” in photography refers to an image that has the main subject in sharp focus, with clean lines, crisp details, and no blurring, and today I am going to give you some tips on how to take sharp images (handheld). Obtaining this level of sharpness is one of the keys to creating a truly eye-catching image.
So this is one of the most asked questions for photographers either starting up or who want to take their photography to the next level, So here are some tips to help you out.
The first thing you want to check is OVF which is the optical viewfinder. Check that what you’re looking at is clear and focused. You can change the clarity by clicking the minus or plus icon on the side of your over. This will make minor adjustments, similar to wearing glasses, and will change the degree depending on your eyes, so make sure you use the correct eye, as in the eye you use while taking pictures.
The second thing I’d like to discuss is the focus. This may seem obvious, but sometimes when you use autofocus, it will focus on something you don’t want to be in focus. So, before you take the shot, make sure to check where your focus is.
The third consideration is your shutter speed. Your shutter speed is one of the most important factors in capturing a sharp image. Many people don’t realize they’re shooting at a slower shutter speed when they first start out, the shutter speed of your camera can actually determine how blurry or sharp a photo is. Now, if you’re shooting handheld and you’re shooting at a 1/30 or 1/40, the shutter opens and closes at a slower rate. You may get blurry images, especially if you take them handheld. If you have a lens that has ISO or image stabilization, then you might get away with it but it’s very hard to even at a slow shutter speed. So here’s what I discovered while shooting handheld, If your subject is still, try to keep your shutter speed around 1 / 80. If your subject is moving, keep your shutter speed around 1 / 160. In this manner, you can reduce the amount of blur or shakiness caused by you or your subject.
Finally, whenever you have light, it should be your best friend, especially when taking photographs. The more light you have, allows you to increase your shutter speed.
So think about these things, whether it’s your OVF, your optical viewfinder, your focusing and how you focus, your shutter speed and how fast your shutter actually goes, or the amount of light that comes in. Taking those into consideration, consider what you should change in order to capture sharp images while shooting handheld.
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