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5 Tips for Tack-Sharp Images

PhotoVision Team

As a photographer, you know your clients want to look good! 😎 Step one to looking good? Be in focus!

✅ Shoot above f/2. Yes, apertures above f/2 do exist—and they photograph on film beautifully! The smaller your aperture number, the smaller your depth of field. While shooting at f/2 or f/2.8, your subject’s nose can be tack sharp, but their eyes may fall out of focus. To get a larger depth of field (and see both eyes *and* nose) try stopping down to f/4 or f/5.6. We promise you will still see beautiful bokeh!

⭐ Pro Tip: Shooting a large group? Consider stopping down to f/8 for even more depth of field!

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✅ We know you are a strong, independent, photographer who don’t need no tripod . . . oh wait, scratch that, tripods are handy! Don’t shoot handheld below 1/60th of a second. Though it may not seem like it at first, cameras get heavy! Avoid camera shake by using a tripod for any shutter speeds slower than 1/60th. Better yet, try a monopod, they are lightweight, easy to use, and oftentimes cheaper than a tripod! 👌

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✅ Adjust your diopter. This is a quick and easy step that, when forgotten, can lead to a whole mess of out-of-focus images.


✅ Looking to get up close and personal with your clients or detail shots? Consider using a Macro Filter. Hoya Filters are cheaper than a macro lens and allow you to get quite close, all while maintaining focus!

⭐ Pro Tip: It is important to stop down when shooting macro work. The closer you are to your subject the narrower your depth of field will be (small distance = small depth of field). To compensate for this, stop down further than you think. Even f/11 will yield shallow depth of field.

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✅ Move yo’ feet! To keep your clients in focus as they move across your frame, move with them.

✔️ Start by focusing on your subjects *before* they start moving.

✔️ Next, ask your client to do their movement at “half speed,” whether that is walking, running or dancing! 💃🏽

✔️ Move with your clients, keeping the same distance from them as when you first set your focal point.

What are your favorite techniques for capturing tack-sharp images? Sound off below! 📣

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