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