It is the desire of every photographer whether an amateur or professional to get super sharp photos. Getting a sharp photo requires a lot of work. You can’t just press the shutter button and expect to get the best result. You will need to ensure you are using the right camera settings and every other condition is favorable.
For every landscape photographer, getting those super sharp landscape photography images is a skill that is very necessary. The goal of most landscape photograph is to get every part of the scene in sharp focus - from the foreground to mid-ground and background, you need to ensure that everything is in focus.
Below, I have compiled some major tips that will help you get great results. Any of these tips below will help you get sharper landscapes. However, when you put them together, you will get some pretty super sharp landscape images.
Top Tips to Get Very Sharp Landscape Photography Images
1. Use a Good Quality Tripod
As obvious as this may seem, you would be surprised that most photographers overlook it and still wonder why they are unable to get sharper landscape shots. Make sure that you attach the camera securely to the tripod and screw it tightly. You need to completely eliminate any kind of camera shake if you want a great result.
2. Avoid Placing Your Hands on Tripod
While you may have secured your camera with a tripod, don't touch the tripod when you are about to take your shot. Your hand may make the tripod to vibrate and blur the shots. Your hands shouldn't be anywhere near the tripod when the shutter opens.
3. Use Remote Shutter Control
To ensure that you don't shake the camera when you take your shot, invest in a remote shutter control. If you don't have money for such a small investment, make use of a 2-second timer. This will ensure that you are completely hands-free when the shutter opens.
4. Lose the Camera Strap
When shooting a landscape in windy condition, ensure that your camera strap is not attached to the camera. The wind could make it act like a sail and cause vibration.
5. Use a Mid-range to Narrow Aperture
You will need to make use of an aperture that allows you to have a wide depth of field when you want a corner to corner focus
There is absolutely no need to make use of f/2.8; I will recommend you use f/11 or f/16 depending on how close you are to your foreground subjects. Note that the narrower your aperture, the less sharp image you will have. This is caused by light diffraction. I will recommend you experiment with your lenses to know their sweet spot for wide depth of field.
6. Focus in the Distance
Avoid focusing on the object closest to you when you are taking landscape photograph. I will recommend you focus on an object in the middle distance with a clear contrasting line.
If you want to focus to infinity, note that most of the wide angle lenses will actually focus beyond infinity, you can correct this by carefully rotating the focus wheel back so that it's just slightly before the infinity mark.
7. Enable the Mirror Lock-Up on Your DLSR
If you are making use of a DLSR, make use of mirror lock-up. Using this feature has one advantage; it makes sure that the mechanical shock introduced by the cameras mirror mechanism dissipates when the shutter opens.
8. Avoid Using Cheap lenses
Cheap lenses can seem like a great bargain until they leave you disappointed. In some situation, when you rotate the filter, your cheap lenses will lose it focus since a movement was introduced which caused extra pressure on the filter.
If you are making use of high-end lenses, you won't have this problem. Whenever you have this problem, ensure you refocus before you hit the shutter.
9. Make Use of Live View or EVF Magnification
I will recommend that you make use of your camera's "Live View" if you are using a DLSR with an optical viewfinder. Use it to magnify your point of interest and then make use of your manual focus ring to achieve sharp focus. You can also the same if you are camera has an Electronic View Finder (EVF). The benefit of doing this through EVF is that you don't get distracted by glare on the LCD or external light sources.
Nonetheless, if you decide to focus manually with Live View, make sure you disable the autofocus.
10. Add Weight To Your Tripod Central Column
If you are shooting in a windy condition, you can keep your tripod stabilize and reduce/eliminate vibration by adding some weight to your tripod's central column.
Getting sharp landscape photography images is possible only if you are ready to make things perfect. Applying these tips above will definitely help you to start getting your images very sharp every time.