Sharpen up your SLR skills

Dis­cover the set­tings and tech­niques needed for per­fect ac­tion shots

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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.

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