Use These Simple Steps to Ensure Sharp Photos

If you're a beginner to photography, your images might seem far softer than those you see from your favorite photographers and it can be difficult to identify why. Well, the answer might be in this video, and if not, you'll come away with some sage advice on getting sharp images.

I have a typical example of a photography newbie making a basic but impactful mistake, and it was my mistake. I truly hope it's typical, because it's embarrassing enough as it is, but here we are. When I got my first camera, I did what most brand-new photographers do: I went out and shot the local area. A week or two in, I came across the concept of foreground interest. On my next outing, I incorporated that, only to find that everything but my foreground interest was soft, bordering blurry. Welcome, dear Rob, to the concept of aperture.

I read up on the subject, but I found it dull and a bit confusing on paper, but I had a solution and it worked: my images were in focus from front to back. As time ticked by, a new issue bothered me: it looks as if all my shots were 360p and the photographers I followed were shooting in 1080p (4K wasn't common knowledge back then!). I, of course, blamed my camera before I got around to questioning myself. Many of you will already know what I was doing wrong, but in case you don't, I was setting my aperture to as high as it would go (f/22 if I recall correctly.) You live and learn!

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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