8 Secrets For Sharper Wildlife Photos

Do you want sharper wildlife photos? Are you tired of deleting otherwise amazing shots because of sharpness issues? Then take a look at this quick ten minute video where I’ll share eight different field-tested (and time-tested) methods for consistently securing tack-sharp wildlife images!

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Joyce A Stevens

Steve, I have a Nikon D500. I am always confused by what setting I should use under AF-C priority selection (under a Autofocus in the Custom Setting Menu). There are 4 choices: Release; Focus + Release; Release + focus; and Focus.
Which setting do you recommend when using the continuous shooting method.


Thank you very much. I learned good information. Succeed.

Jim Davie

Thanks for the great video! Another issue that rarely gets mentioned is using outer focus points on some lenses, and lens and TC combos. Using a focus point in an area where the lens is not sharp will guarantee the eyes will never be sharp. An example is the Nikon 24-70 VR, at 70mm and F2.8. At these settings and focusing with the outer AF points, your images will be guaranteed soft. The Nikon 200 f2 is one of my favourite,sharpest lenses, just don’t put on a 1.4 TC and use an outer focus point. These are expensive pro lenses,… Read more »

Karl Schneck

Does AF calibration apply to mirrorless cameras also?

Dale Elliott
Dale Elliott

Great as always Steve! I am shooting d850 w Nikon 500 f5.6 . I am having this trouble you are talking about . Shoot later afternoon I went to shot higher shutter but iso just goes up. Would I be better to keep shutter higher and deal with high iso. Again thank you Dale

Steve Moss

Timely discussion. +1 for shooting bursts. You will induce some camera movement when pressing and releasing the shutter button. Bursts really help with this. Personally, I’d move AFMA to #1 if only to check. The calibration tools are so easy to use, why not.

Newsletter subscribed. I don’t know why I haven’t before, your material is spot on!

christian Sommeillier
christian Sommeillier

Thank’s again Steve for your excellent ability to communicate and to share all your knowledge and skill; it’s always a great pleasure for me to learn more an more on wildlife photography with your precious help.