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hyperfocal 49 Try focusing

To keep the whole scene sharp while using a wide-angle lens, you need to focus around one third of the way into the scene and set an aperture of f/16 (see this week’s Crash Course).

Sharpen using 50 depth of field

Using a wide aperture to blur the background can actually make your subject appear sharper than when the whole scene is sharp.

Use a tripod 51 Using a tripod to mount your camera is the best way to ensure you achieve sharp results, especially when you’re using long shutter speeds.

mirror 52 Set lock-up

The movement of the mirror can shake the camera on a tripod, so use mirror lock-up mode if your camera has it.

off 53 Turn stabilisation

Follow the action 42 Try to continue following moving subjects for as long as possible after you have taken a shot. It will make your panning action smoother.

Use focus lock 43 When your subject is static, and it’s in a position where you can’t use an off-centre focus point, position the subject in the middle and use the centre focus point, then lock the focus, and re-frame your shot.

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Set the right AF mode

Always make sure that you use single servo for static subjects and continuous servo for moving ones.

your 45 Practise panning

Keeping your subject in the same position in the frame will help you get better panning shots and sharper action shots.

46 Pre-focus on a point

If you are able to predict where the subject is going to be, pre-focusing on that spot and then firing off a short burst is a great way to make sure you get sharp action shots.

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Use the central AF point

The outer AF points can struggle to focus in low light, especially when you’re using telephoto lenses, so use the central point in low light.

AF 48 Use point groups

When shooting moving subjects, try using the AF point group option for more successful focusing.

When using a tripod, you need to make sure that you turn off any stabilisation systems, as they can actually produce softer images.

on 54 Put some weight

In windy conditions, you can help stabilise your tripod by hanging your camera bag, or similar, off the centre column.

the wind 55 IfWatch you’re shooting closeups or macro shots in windy conditions, use your camera bag to shield the subject.

the 56 Avoid minimum aperture

Although it’s tempting to think that smaller apertures will always produce sharper results, this isn’t necessarily the case. Lenses produce softer results at apertures such as f/22 than at f/8 or f/11, so you should avoid using very small apertures unless you absolutely have to.

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