Creating sharp images is a goal for most avid photographers. As an instructor for landscape photography, there are many tools that I teach to create the sharpest images possible. Here are some of the tactics I use when shooting and editing.
In this article, I cover my favorite tools in camera, as well as the settings I use in Lightroom as I complete my editing. All of the tips I give you here assume you are shooting RAW files.
Use a Tripod!
I am an advocate of making your tripod your best friend. Yes, I know they can be heavy and burdensome, but they are indispensable if you want to improve your photography and create sharp images. I’m also talking about a STURDY tripod, not one with spindly legs. And why would you put your expensive DSLR or Mirrorless camera on a $50 tripod anyway?
A tripod will not only give you a sturdy base for your image, but also will cause you to slow down, do a complete scan of the image frame, and consider the best aperture for the scene. You can easily make slight composition adjustments on your image, zoom in on your focus points and make sure they are tack sharp, and consider the best exposure for the scene.