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Sharp Shooter – Proven Techniques for Sharper Photographs

Sharp Shooter, ebook, Martin Bailey, Craft and Vision, review

Craft & Vision’s latest release is out and I was excited to see this one for 2 reasons. The first, is that it’s written by Martin Bailey and I thoroughly enjoyed and got a lot out of his previous book, Making the Print. The second reason which is probably more important is that I often get frustrated when I get home after a shoot, download my images and realize, once I see them on a big screen, that the shot that I thought was my killer image is not as sharp as it should be.

In Sharp Shooter, Bailey walks the reader through, in his usual clear and concise fashion, the gamut on the subject—from hand-holding techniques, stabilization, and what makes an image sharp in the first place, to macro-sharpness, depth of field, focus stacking, sharpening for final output, and more.

What was extremely useful to me was his in-depth explanation of Hyperfocal Distance and how it applies to different lenses. The section on focusing in the macro range and his coverage of shooting for focus stacking and processing of those images was invaluable.

Sharp Shooter, ebook, Martin Bailey, Craft and Vision, review

Sharp Shooter, ebook, Martin Bailey, Craft and Vision, review

Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer, British-born though now based in Tokyo. Fueled by his passion for travel and nature, Martin is an international tour and workshop leader, working on all seven continents. A pioneering podcaster and blogger, Gura Gear Pro, and X-Rite Coloratti member, he helps photographers from around the world to see and capture the wonders of this awesome planet we call home.

Use the discount code SHARP4 to get USD $1 off SHARP SHOOTER.  If you buy 5 or more products from the Craft & Vision collection use the discount code SHARP20 for 20% off. These codes expire at 11:59 PM (PST) July 4, 2013. Click Here to Purchase.

13 responses

  1. Looks quite interesting Edith.


    June 27, 2013 at 11:34 am

  2. Han

    It is simple, your image is made with diafragma. To know how deep your depth of field is is important. I most of the time close my diafragma one stop. And focus on my target.


    June 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm

  3. I just finished reading this, Edith!
    It was indeed, very good.
    Happy day to you!


    June 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm

  4. I listen to his podcast and then when he is on TWIP, great guy, heard a lot about his book on printing.


    June 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    • Thanks Gregory. I agree his Making the Print ebook is excellent which is why I was excited to read this one.


      June 27, 2013 at 10:51 pm

  5. I have been thinking about both books. Output sharpening is one area of contention for me especially for web viewing. Photos posted on web look different it seems at each place they are posted. What looks sharp on one site, will be blurry looking on another. Do either of these deal with that subject?


    June 28, 2013 at 7:18 am

    • He doesn’t really address sharpening images for the web and I think that’s because an image will look different on every computer.


      June 28, 2013 at 11:37 am

  6. I just love the processing Edith! Really beautiful. I also like that she’s paint a spring image during winter.


    June 29, 2013 at 11:13 pm

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