Getting sharp images of moving subjects, of course, begins with getting a sharp in-camera shot.
To accomplish that goal, we can:
• Use good glass;
• Set our cameras to the focus-tracking mode;
• Shoot at f/8;
• Not overexpose the scene (which can blow out highlights);
• Shoot RAW files (so, among other things, colors are not over saturated);
• Shoot at a relatively low ISO (but with today’s SLR cameras low can be ISO 800-1000)
• Steady our camera, with IS/VR or tripod/monopod.
• Shoot on a sunny day, which provides more contrast than an overcast day.
But getting a sharp image does not stop there.
In the digital darkroom, we can:
• Sharpen the image;
• Increase the contrast;
• Adjust Levels or Curves (which also adjust contrast).
Here is a sharp shot from one of my Africa workshops. (It’s a low res image, so it may not look that sharp.)
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
Canon 100-400mm IS lens set @ f/7.1.
Shutter speed: 1/400th sec.
I used Levels first, then increased contrast, and then sharpened using Unsharp Mask.
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P.S. Stuff like this will be featured in my next app: Rick Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Safari. Due out in May or June.