Intro

Razor-sharp photos with not a trace of blurring or movement are something photographers naturally hanker after.

Unfortunately people are not immobile objects: we breathe, blink and sway, and that can sometimes affect the sharpness of portraits. Even where it doesn’t, indiscriminate use of sharpening to add definition can produce artificial-looking results.

Sometimes it’s better just to emphasise certain details, as Tigz Rice decided with her shot of burlesque performer Missy Fatale. Tigz felt that the photo would look even better if the jewellery were sharper. The steps required are surprisingly simple, as you can discover by trying them out on an image of your own.

Time to Complete

5 minutes

Software

Photoshop