How To Hit The Bullseye With Sharper Photos

Words by Scott Bourne - A Platypod Pro
Edited by Eryka Bagwell

Here are 15 quick tips for making sharp photographic images.

1. Use a camera stabilizer: This is one of the easiest ways to get sharper photographs. A tripod (or in places where tripods are banned - a Platypod) can help you stabilize your camera and eliminate any camera shake.

2. Use a remote shutter release: If you don't have a tripod, using a remote shutter release can help you eliminate camera shake.

3. Use a faster shutter speed: A faster shutter speed can help you freeze motion and prevent any motion blur.

4. Use a higher ISO: Using a higher ISO can help you capture more light and reduce the chance of camera shake.

5. Use manual focus: Manual focus can help you ensure that your subject is in focus, and not the background or foreground.

6. Use single point focus: If you are using autofocus - choosing a single point focus can help you ensure that your camera is focusing on the right part of your image.

7. Use back-button focus: Back-button focus can help you focus quickly and accurately.

8. Use image stabilization: If your camera or lens has image stabilization, use it to help eliminate camera shake.

9. Use a lens hood: A lens hood can help you reduce the amount of light that enters your lens and prevent lens flare. Lens flare reduces apparent image sharpness.

10. Keep your camera gear clean: Clean your camera, lenses and filters on a regular bias to prevent dust or smudges from affecting your images.

11. Use a polarizing filter: A polarizing filter can help you reduce glare and improve the contrast of your images. This improves apparent sharpness.

12. Use the mirror lock-up function: If you're using a DSLR camera, using the mirror lock-up function can help you eliminate camera shake caused by the mirror.

13. Use live view: If your camera has live view, use it to help you focus accurately and compose your image.

14. Use a tripod collar: If you're using a telephoto lens, using a tripod collar can help you balance your camera and lens on your tripod.

15. Use burst mode: Burst mode can help you capture multiple images in quick succession and increase your chances of capturing a sharp image.


Getting sharper photographs is all about paying attention to the details. No matter what kind of camera you use, these tips can help you capture sharper, more professional-looking images.


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