Many people outside of workshop settings often ask me how I get such sharp, crisp images. Seriously, they do – and I usually tell them that I just have a really smart camera. Although that might be true, there is certainly more to it than that. In a not-so-formal essay, today I will outline some basic tips and techniques that I employ in order to achieve crisp photographs. You can try them too, if you like.
While in workshop sessions, and people ask me how I get sharp photographs [particularly landscape & architecture shots] this is what I tell them:
- I tripod mount my camera
- Attach my cable release
- I set my camera to the lowest native ISO
- I close down my aperture approximately 2-3 stops from the widest opening (usually f/5.6-f/8).
- Compose, meter, and focus the scene
- Enable mirror lock-up
- Depress my cable release