If you struggle with getting sharp photos, this is for you, and even if you are experienced, there might be a tip or two to pick up.
Although sharpness is important in any type of photography and something you can optimize, it is also something you, to a certain extent, can compromise if need be. I am not talking about throwing your photos out of focus deliberately, but as you will see in this article, “best” sharpness comes with compromises.
In my latest video, I share a ton of tips on how to get sharp photos and also more than what I can show in this article. However, first and foremost, you need to have your photo in focus or make sure that the parts of the photo you want to show are in focus. Focus is in itself a big topic, and I covered it in last week’s article and video.
All lenses have an aperture or f-stop where they are the sharpest. On full-frame lenses, where maximum aperture is normally around f/22, it is usually around f/8 or f/11; however, from f/5.6-f/16, it can be hard to see the difference. The most important part is that the smallest aperture values (f/18-f/22) usually introduce too much diffraction, which is an optical phenomenon that makes your photos look a little soft or ghostly. On the other end of the spectrum, with a wide-open aperture, you may also experience softness; however, it is usually not as bad as fully closed down.