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We're back with Pt. 2 on how to get your images tack sharp. One tool that really helps with a DSLR camera is a Shutter Release. You can get them wired or wireless. The reason this helps so much is because you don't have to touch the shutter button on your camera. In certain situations, like night photography or macro, you probably don't even know it, but when you push the shutter button, the camera shakes just a tiny bit, which affects your focus. Using a shutter release cable is easier than you think, and these days most cameras support them. They are also fairly inexpensive. Here are some examples, but of course you want to make sure it is for your brand of camera before you buy it. (I am not getting paid to advertise these products. I just want to give you an idea of what to purchase, if you are looking for one.)
Nikon Wireless Shutter Release
Nikon Wired Shutter Release
Canon Wireless Shutter Release
Canon Wired Shutter Release
If you don't want to purchase a shutter release cable, another thing you can do is set up your 5 second or 10 second timer on your camera or phone. I do this if I have a group of people and I want to be included in the picture, but you can use it for other reasons too. You can usually adjust it to whatever time you'd like. It does the same job as a shutter release cable, but sometimes you don't have one with you. All you need is to keep that shutter button from shaking the camera.
In Part 3, we will discuss what to set the ISO at and ways to check your sharpness.