|1. Hold your camera correctly with your left hand underneath to keep it steady.|
2. Remember the rule of thumb: Your shutter speed should be the same number or faster than the length of your lens. So if you are zoomed to 300mm, your shutter speed should be a minimum of 1/300th of a second.
|3. Aperture appropriate for the depth of field necessary to get everything you want in focus.
Small aperture such as F/11 for great DOF.
Wide aperture such as F2.8 for shallow DOF.
4. Change to One Focus Point.
Never use auto selection of focus points, which is the default on most cameras.
|5. Be sure you are on the correct Focus Mode.
AI Servo or AF-C for moving subjects.
One Shot or AF-S most of the time.
|6. Use a tripod.|
7. When using a tripod, turn off Image Stabilization or Vibration Reduction.
Don’t forget to turn it back on for hand-held shots.
|8. When using a tripod, use a shutter release cable or your timer for steadier shots.|
9. Try back button focus.
Focus with the back button, release the shutter with the shutter button.
Learn how to set this up via one of our Youtube videos:
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