Getting Sharp Images (Part 2 of 2)

                                                              Firmly on a Tripod  1/125 @ f16

In Part 1 of this blog post we talked about how Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO affected getting sharp images.  In this post we will be talking about Burst Mode, Vibration Reduction, Bracing, and the Tripod.

Burst Mode

Burst Mode is when you keep your finger on the shutter release and rapid fire the shot.  Why would this help?  Strangely enough the act of pushing the shutter can cause the camera to shake a bit.  By holding it down the second and third shots can potentially be sharper.

Vibration Reduction

Vibration Reduction is a feature that isn’t possessed by all lenses but if you have one make sure you take advantage of this technology.  This feature will allow you to shoot hand held at slower shutter speeds.  Some say as much as two stops.  While this is great news for the photographer one must remember that if the subjects are moving this feature does not help.  It simply helps to mitigate camera shake. 

If you are using a tripod though make sure you turn the vibration reduction off as it can cause the sharpness to be affected.   


This one is easy to understand but may not always be available.  If you find yourself without a tripod and your shutter speeds are getting to slow find something to brace yourself and your camera on.  You can use support columns, walls, fences, window frames, or event the ground.  This method just gives you something to add a bit more stability to you and the camera.


The tripod is one of the best ways for you to improve the sharpness of your images.  I use one whenever I can regardless of my shutter speed, aperture, or ISO.  The added stability can truly be seen in the images.  If you do not currently own a tripod make sure to add it to the list of must have items.  Just do yourself a favor and do not buy one from Walmart, Best Buy, or any mall camera store.  If you do you will just end up buying one that works later on down the line.  Stay with Manfrotto, Induro, Gitzo, Really Right Stuff, or any other well respected brand.

To take this even one step further I try to use a remote release if possible as well.  This is a remote that is connected to your camera via a cord or radio signal.  It allows you to trip the shutter without touching the camera and in turn reduces the possibility of camera shake.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about getting sharp images.  Shoot contact me even if you have a photography question not related to sharp images.  You can do this by emailing me at: or calling me at 305-989-3279.