5. Focus via LiveView
As with any subject, precise focusing is a prerequisite for achieving sharp results. Some photographers will recommend the sophistication of auto-focus, while others would evangelise about the benefits of focusing manually. It doesn’t really matter which method you prefer, though, as long as you focus on just the right place within the scene. Regardless of whether you favour manual or autofocus, it is best to focus via LiveView.
The latest generation of digital cameras boosts high-resolution screens. Using the Magnify (+) button you can zoom into the LiveView projection in order to place your point of focus with remarkable accuracy. On some cameras, LiveView also provides live depth of field, so you can preview the extent of sharpness (for any given aperture) before you trigger the shutter. On other models, depress the depth of field preview button in order to see if the selected aperture provides sufficient depth of field or not. Again, use the magnify button and scroll around the scene, from front-to-back, to check everything will be recorded sharp throughout. If light reflecting off the screen is making it hard to use, try using a Loupe.
6. Don’t Physically Trigger the Shutter
Using a good tripod doesn’t completely guarantee shake-free results. Even the smallest movement can soften image quality – this includes the action of physically depressing the shutter. Therefore, use a remote trigger, cord or infrared device to release the shutter. Basic devices are relatively cheap, but devices which have multiple timer and shutter functions are more costly. Alternatively, select your camera’s delay or self-timer option – set to a short delay of 2 seconds – in order to eliminate any risk of you causing movement when taking photos.