|Nikon D4, 28-300mm [85mm], ISO 800, ƒ/8, 1/400|
Squeeze the shutter — Don’t punch the shutter release
Keep the camera as still as possible. If you can shoot with a tripod, all the better. If you can shoot with a monopod. The point it one the biggest reason most people’s photos are not sharp is camera movement.
Shutter Speed and Focal Length work together
If you are not paying attention to which lens you have on your camera and how this affects your shutter speed, then your photos may not be as sharp as they can be. The rule of thumb is turn your lens into a fraction and use that to set your shutter speed. Put 1 over the focal length and then use the shutter speed closest to that as the slowest shutter speed for hand holding the camera.
A 200mm lens should give you 1/200 shutter speed. A 50mm should be held no slower than 1/50. If you do not have 1/200 and the closest shutter speed is 1/250 use this, don’t go under to 1/125.
|Nikon D4, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 with Sigma 1.4 converter, ISO 900, ƒ/5.6, 1/2000|
With Nikon Capture software I can check later where I was focusing and see if I missed my focus. After using this to help me I was realizing I was missing focus more often due to me and not the camera’s capability.
I use either PhotoShop unsharp mask or Lightroom to sharpen the image for how it is being used. Most all images could use just a little sharpening. If you over do the sharpening it will not look good. A little will give it a bit of a sharpness “kick”. Use a small radius (perhaps a pixel or less) and a large amount.
Most all my photos are not process with sharpening until I export out of Lightroom.
If I am posting the photos to the web then I choose the setting here when I export of Screen and standard.
You have other choices you can choose when you export of paper quality as well influencing your choice.