Secret to Sharp Photos II

United States Capitol Building at Dusk in Washington, DC.

United States Capitol Building at Dusk in Washington, DC.

As a follow up to my first article on Secret to Sharp Photos, I found Scott Bourne’s How to Get the Absolutely Sharpest Photo Possible something I’d like to pass along to you.

The photo of the US Capitol building was taken with a tripod and remote shutter release at an aperture of f/16 for a half second.

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9 Responses to Secret to Sharp Photos II

  1. Gerry says:

    The links make helpful reading. I suspect my first Tip to Self would be “Do not try to make photographs while walking dogs.” That works in the Sharpness and in the Spotting Wildlife categories. We see where my wretched priorities lie.


  2. Anna Surface says:

    That is a really nice dusk photo of the US Capitol Building. Sharp photos… patience and tripod. 🙂 But… I live in a very windy state and many times I had to forgo the tripod. Holding on for dear life, and camera, while shooting hand held. That is tricky and when the IS lens comes in handy. I do not shoot at dawn, dusk or night when the wind gales.


  3. imac says:

    Great capture and love the contrast in colour.


  4. morningjoy says:

    Great shot of the Capitol. As always, your photo is not only sharp but well composed with vibrant eye-catching color. I like your EXIF data, too. I find it helpful.

    I appreciate you link regarding sharp photos. My biggest problem is that I get anxious to take the shot and cut corners, such as hand-holding a long lens or using my tripod but not connecting the remote shutter release. Then when I get home to my computer, I’m disappointed. As a result, I’m learning to prepare myself and my gear for each opportunity. Photography is not only an art, it’s a discipline.


    • MJ, you do great. I don’t always use a tripod unless I know I will be shooting subjects which work best for me like night shots of lighted buildings or fireworks. None of my lenses are big enough to call for a tripod when in use like a 400 or 600mm VR lens. Those you do need, at least, a monopod because of their weight to keep them steady.


  5. Sire says:

    I only have a point and shoot, working my way up to a digital SLR, but I’ve found a tripod essential for low light shots. At time I even set the timer to make sure there is no camera shake from pressing too hard on the button.


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