Sharpen up your SLR skills
Discover the settings and techniques needed for perfect action shots
These days, with the advantage of instant review and the brightness histogram, it’s easy to get the exposure of a photo right in-camera. Even if you don’t, choosing to shoot RAW files provides a safety net, giving you scope for fine-tuning the shot’s exposure later.
The same can’t be said for the sharpness of a photo. Despite the advances in autofocus, continuous shooting speed and intelligent exposure modes, freezing a moment in time remains a challenge. And trying to make a blurred shot appear sharp using software doesn’t really work.
In this feature, we’re going to look at tactics and techniques you can employ to become a sharp shooter. We’re concerned with raw, straight-out-of-the-camera sharpness here – the result of focusing the lens in the right place and getting the exposure time spot-on – as opposed to cranking up the sharpness and clarity settings in your Nikon’s Picture Controls.
Sports and action photography presents the most challenging conditions for taking sharp shots. With this in mind, we’ve enlisted the help of Andy Hooper, the chief sports photographer with the DailyMail and Mail Online, fresh from a stint at Rio 2016 – his fifth Olympic Games. Andy is the author of CapturetheMoment, the official 2012 guide on how to photograph the London Olympics. Throughout this feature you’ll find extracts from Andy’s book, as well as a selection of his stunning images that are sure to inspire you to raise your game.