Step by step Get the de­tails right

Achieve the right bal­ance be­tween soft­ness and sharp­ness in wide-aper­ture shots

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01 Depth of field

For min­imis­ing depth of field, switch to aper­ture pri­or­ity mode and se­lect a wide aper­ture. In bright con­di­tions, check that the shut­ter speed for a cor­rect ex­po­sure re­mains within the range of the cam­era.

02 Crit­i­cal fo­cus­ing

Es­pe­cially when shoot­ing at fairly close range, use a tri­pod and switch to Live View to en­able fine fo­cus­ing ad­just­ments. Use max­i­mum on-screen mag­ni­fi­ca­tion and man­u­ally fo­cus on the point that you want to be sharpest.

03 Avoid the shakes

If the cam­era is on a tri­pod but you’re not us­ing Live View, the ac­tion of the re­flex mir­ror flip­ping up im­me­di­ately prior to the ex­po­sure can un­set­tle the cam­era and blur the im­age. The ex­po­sure de­lay mode of most Nikons helps to avoid this.

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