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!

As always, your comments and shares are greatly appreciated!

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Other AF Fine Tuning & Calibration Methods / Systems:

Lens Align
FoCal
DotTune

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Willie Ketter
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Thank you so much for sharing this article. This is really an informative blog.

Andre Hollerer
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Andre Hollerer

Hi Steve.
I followed yr technique about noise reduction but it look like in PS 2021 the thing is gone..
Can u pls advise or put me into a direction?
Cheers mate
Andre

Gary Barton
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Gary Barton

Steve, I have my Picture Controls in my D500 set to Flat so the blinkies don’t flash too easily when shooting in harsh conditions. I have edited the Flat Picture Control to Sharpening +6 so when I zoom in to 100% on the back of the screen, it gives me an indication whether I am spot on with my focus. Am I right in thinking that my Sharpening +6 adjustment in my Flat picture Control will not affect the RAW file?

Pierrre
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Thanks for AF fine tuning. I never used it being afraid to get a worse result if I touch the tuning. But I will try it. Will my D5 remember what lens is fine tuned? or will it apply the +or – to all my lenses?. Thanks for your thoughts.

Joyce A Stevens
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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.

Jack Palmer
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Jack Palmer

Curious Joyce – have you used the Nikkor 500mm PF with your D500? I tried to use it with mine and had no luck – couldn’t get it focus consistently. Jack

Joyce A Stevens
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Joyce A Stevens

Jack, I don’t have the 500 PF. I have the 200-500mm Nikon lens that I use on my Nikon D500 camers.

Jack Palmer
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Jack Palmer

OK, Thanks Joyce.

BAHMAN JAFF
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BAHMAN JAFF

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

Jim Davie
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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
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Does AF calibration apply to mirrorless cameras also?

Dale Elliott
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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
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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
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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.