How to Get Super Sharp Photos

Getting super sharp photos is a goal for many photographers, whether they are beginners or seasoned professionals. Achieving sharpness in photos involves a combination of proper technique, equipment, and post-processing. In this blog, we will explore the various factors that contribute to the sharpness of a photo and provide tips and tricks on how to improve the sharpness of your images. From choosing the right camera settings and focusing techniques to using the correct lenses and editing tools, we will cover everything you need to know to take your photography to the next level and capture stunningly sharp photos.

How to Get Super Sharp Photos

How to Incorporate Sharpener Pro 3 into Your Lightroom Workflow

Are you tired of having less than crispy photos? Do you wish your images were more sharp? There are a lot of different ways to sharpen your photos, but one of the best options is using Sharpener Pro 3 from the Nik Collection.

Getting Started

If you don’t already have the Nik Collection, you can get it for free from Google at Once you have it installed, you can use it in Lightroom, Photoshop, or as a standalone program.

Using Sharpener Pro 3 in Lightroom

When using Sharpener Pro 3 in Lightroom, it should be one of the last steps in post-processing. It’s important to have your image sized correctly before sharpening it. After making all of your Lightroom adjustments, export your image at the exact resolution needed for its intended use.

For example, if you are putting your image in an online portfolio with a recommended width of 2,000 pixels, export it with the long edge set to 2,000 pixels, sRGB color space, and turn off output sharpening. In the post-processing section, change “After Export” to “Open in Other Application” and select Sharpener Pro 3 from the Nik Collection.

Adjusting Sharpening in Sharpener Pro 3

Once your image is loaded into Sharpener Pro 3, you can apply and adjust the sharpening. The adaptive sharpening slider controls the amount of sharpening applied to the entire image, while the output sharpening strength adjusts the opacity of that adaptive sharpening. The structure slider controls the fine details and textures of the image, and local contrasts adjust the contrast in the edges of small objects in the image.

Additionally, you can use the selective sharpening section to manually add points or select color ranges to adjust the sharpening of specific parts of your image. This allows you to retain smooth and blurry backgrounds while sharpening your subjects.

Finalizing and Exporting

Once you have adjusted the sharpening to your liking, you can save the changes and go back to Lightroom. Import the settings from the disk to update your image with the sharpening adjustments and then export it as a JPEG.

Automating Sharpening in Photoshop

If the process seems too long, you can easily automate overall sharpening by creating an action in Photoshop and then running a batch automation to finish your post-processing. However, be careful not to go overboard with sharpening as it can deteriorate the quality of your image.


Sharpening your photos can give them that final crispness, but it’s important to not rely on sharpening to fix an out-of-focus image. Nail your focus in camera and use sharpening to enhance the overall sharpness of your photos. Thanks for reading this article on how to get super sharp photos using Sharpener Pro 3 from the Nik Collection.

FAQ: How to Get Super Sharp Photos

Q: Why are my photos coming out blurry?

A: Blurry photos can be caused by a variety of factors, such as camera shake, low light, or incorrect focus. Make sure to use a tripod, increase your shutter speed, and double check your focus before taking the shot.

Q: What is the best aperture for super sharp photos?

A: A smaller aperture (larger f-number) such as f/8 or f/11 will generally produce sharper photos, as it increases the depth of field and reduces the effects of lens diffraction.

Q: How can I improve my focusing technique?

A: Practice using different focusing modes, such as single point or continuous focus. Also, consider using back button focus for more control over the focusing process.

Q: What post-processing techniques can enhance sharpness?

A: Sharpening tools in photo editing software can help to enhance details and improve overall sharpness. Be careful not to over-sharpen, as it can introduce noise and artifacts.

Q: What is the best lens for achieving super sharp photos?

A: Prime lenses with a fixed focal length often produce sharper images compared to zoom lenses. Look for lenses with high-quality glass and advanced optical coatings for optimal sharpness.

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