Go­ing steady

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It’s im­por­tant to keep the cam­era as still as pos­si­ble dur­ing the ex­po­sure. (See ‘Beat the shakes’ at the top of the page for how to min­imise mir­ror bounce.) A sturdy tri­pod is all but es­sen­tial.

Nar­row­ing the aper­ture to around f/11-f/16 helps to eke out a lit­tle ex­tra depth of field. Go­ing to very small aper­tures of f/22-f/32 can cause a lack of sharp­ness due to dif­frac­tion (see Jar­gon Buster, op­po­site).

Crop cre­atively

Most cur­rent Nikon cam­eras have sen­sors ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing in­cred­i­ble lev­els of de­tail, so make the most of it. By shoot­ing from slightly fur­ther away and crop­ping the re­sult­ing im­age, you can get a much greater depth of field.

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