Five Minute Friday: 4 ways to sharper images

I know the feeling when you pull up an image in Lightroom or Photoshop and it has a ‘lack of sharpness’.  Bummer.  

Sharpness is an issue that every photographer confronts at some point in their journey!  I had a blast chatting on Periscope @photogelement to chat about my four favorite ways to ensure sharpness.  Best news yet…these are things that are easy and can be done TODAY!  Yipee!


Enjoy the video!

Recap of my 4 tips for increased sharpness in your photos!

#1:  Keep your shutter speed FASTER than 1/250th.  I would even encourage 1/500th or faster for added peace of mind!

#2: Appreciate and embrace backlight, it might just be less sharp than other types of light!

#3: Avoid zooming in 1,000 times on your editing program to check sharpness.  ALL images will look pixelated and yucky when zoomed in too far!

#4: Use the Sharpness slider (under Develop Mode > Detail) in Lightroom.  My range for sharpness is between 40-80.


Feeling like you are in your beginning stages of photography?  Check out this fabulous article about the difference between RAW and JPEG, and how to choose which one is best for you!

Happy Friday!

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Sarah Grace Allred

Sarah Grace Allred

Mentoring flourishing photographers makes her heart sing, as well as collecting vintage Little Peoples, and devouring all things Drum Corp (check out www.dci.org and watch her inner-geek emerge!). Sarah believes in holding no secrets back when teaching and that photographs can truly change the spirit of your home sweet home.

Sarah Grace lives in Louisiana with her husband, loves-to-ride-the-bus-Kindergartener, and scrambled eggs lovin’ baby boy.
Sarah Grace Allred