Tack Sharp | An eBook for Photographers

Tack Sharp eBook | James BrandonTack Sharp is an ebook that I originally wrote for Trey Ratcliff’s ebook publishing site Flatbooks.com. While it is still selling very well at Flatbooks, I have also started selling it here on my site as well.

My hope is that if you have ever struggled with getting consistently sharp images, that this book will completely revolutionize your ability as a photographer. There is a laundry list of techniques and tricks that the pros use daily to get sharp images on purpose, and that’s what this ebook sets out to uncover. From back button focusing, to focus tracking, to single point AF, this ebook will demystify it all. So grab yourself a copy and take a huge leap forward in your photography. Be sure to scroll down and read what people are saying! Ebooks are great. They are cheap, short and full of great material that you can read in less than a day. At only $10, this ebook will pay for itself by the time you are done reading it. I truly believe that!


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If you’d like to see a sample of the ebook first, you can download about 10 of the pages here.


  • Learn the art of consistently nailing focus on your images
  • Discover custom functions that have been hiding right within your cameras menu settings
  • Say goodbye to the frustrations of blurry, unusable images

Product Information

Getting consistently sharp images on a camera can be tricky. Especially if you’re utilizing the factory settings on a Digital SLR. Achieving tack sharp images is a culmination of techniques and custom function that are sometimes cleverly hidden inside your cameras menu settings. Tack Sharp was written for anyone who has ever struggled with getting sharp images in different situations. Maybe you recently purchased a fast lens, but can’t figure out why the camera keeps focusing on the wrong part of the subject. Or perhaps you feel as if you’re doing everything right but still come out with slightly soft images. This process can be extremely frustrating and hard to deal with. Within the pages of this ebook, you’ll discover the tips and tricks used by the pros to take full control over the advanced systems of focus within today’s digital camera systems. Along the way you’ll see actual examples of images where these practices were put in place, often times in situations where focus would have been next to impossible to achieve otherwise. If you struggle with getting consistently sharp images then look no further, this ebook is for you!

Getting Tack Sharp Onto Your iPad or other iDevice

I’ve gotten quite a few questions from folks wondering how to get the downloaded ebook onto their iPad or iPhone or iPod. It’s really easy so I made this quick little video to walk you through it. Let me know if you have any further questions.

Blog Reviews of Tack Sharp

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What Readers Are Saying

I’ve done 2 shoots since reading your book. My photography has changed forever. The sharpness of my photos is exactly what I’ve wanted…it’s right on almost every time. Life changing. Really. – Shauna Castaner

I bought your e-book the other day and read up to the point where you say to use the other focus points and use AI SERVO…so today I did it and nailed a tack sharp photo of my little girls eyes (at f2) while she happend to glance my way. I’m sold! Thank you for the information. – Mike Moore

I have to admit to being a little dubious about what can be learnt from an ebook when my images are pretty much already sharp due to the use of a tripod and a little time taken to set up – but having downloaded and read this ebook over the weekend I am very surprised and happy to admit that I’ve learnt various new tricks and am now using several aspects of my camera that I had no idea existed previously. Thanks very much. – Michael Murphy

I sat down and read ‘Tack Sharp’ this afternoon and was thoroughly impressed. In this eBook, James successfully dissects and explains the keys to creating the sharpest images possible in language that everyone will be able to understand. Not only are the basics of exposure covered in detail, but more advanced tips and tricks are shared. I know for a fact that I will be implementing the tricks James shares into my photography routine. Thanks! – Heath O’Fee

Specific Settings For Different Cameras

One of the most common questions I get in emails and in response to my ebook is people wanting to know how to set up back button focus, Servo and other settings I go over in my ebook on their specific camera. Whether they have an Olympus, a Nikon, a Sony or even a different Canon camera it’s really not feasable for me to go rent every camera on the market to return these emails with instructions. So I’m asking my readers to help me out! If you’ve bought my ebook and applied the tips to your camera (different than a 5D Mark II) and would be willing to submit specific instructions for your camera, please email me at contact(at)james-brandon(dot)com. I’ll have a specific list of settings to fill out for your specific camera so that each different camera will have the same information available. Then, as the instructions come in, I’ll include them below as links for each camera. Thanks everyone! Canon 5D Mark II Canon Rebel T3i Nikon D800

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  12. Geoff Whellum

    I have recently changed email address and failed to change the address on PayPal which I have now upgraded. My previous address was geoff.whellum@hwa.com.au to which I guess the ebook I purchased from you would have been sent. Could you please resend to my new address.
    Geoff Whellum

    1. James Brandon

      Geoff, I need your new email address so I can send you a copy of the ebook. Your previous one won’t do me any good :-/

      Shoot me an email at contact(at)james-brandon.com and I’ll get you taken care of.

  13. Don Bradshaw

    This ebook was probably the best $10 I’ve ever spent. It completely changed the way I use my camera and I never want to go back! Ever!! Thank you for your clear writing style, your personal approach and your extrememly valuable tips. I will be anxiously awaiting your next ebooks!

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  18. Wayne Thompson


    I bought this book several months ago and just got around to reading it last week. Best money I have ever spent on an e-book. I thought I was pretty proficeint with my camera until you showed me a whole new way. You have totally changed the way I now use my camera and the results are fantastic!

    Can’t recommend the book highly enough.

  19. Jeff Skott

    Fantastic book – the backbutton focus setting and using that in conjunction with AI servo has definitely kicked my but into using that technique to get better focus. I shoot horses, and they move – both micro and macro-movements – AI servo is definitely the way way to go, and the back-button AF-ON technique (separation of meter and focus) was very well illustrated in your book. Thanks for the great examples, James!

  20. Paula M

    Loved the book, I’m already getting much better results! To other readers out there – can anyone share the settings they are using for a Canon 60D with firmware 1.1.1? There are 9 different options in the AF custom function menu. I am using option 1, but just wanted to see if that is what others are using, or if there is a better option. Thanks!

  21. Priyaranjan Desai

    I am an amateur photographer.
    Great book! I will try out your formula of back-button + AI-Servo to realise “tack sharp” focus.
    While trying to set up my camera(s), I faced one problem while setting single AF point selection method; the menu option suggested by you for “Method 2″ is not available in Canon 5D Mk III / Canon 6D or Canon 7D menus. How do I make multi-controller select AF point, without first going to “button 1″ ? Shall be grateful for advice.

    Thanks for the book. And do visit my web page where I have uploaded a few photographs.

  22. Arun Kumar

    I own a Canon 600D. I cannot locate a BBK Button on my camera. That means I cannot use the BBF technique to focus. Am I right?

  23. Vicki Kendrigan

    Hi James,
    I have a Canon 70D and it does not have a ‘joystick’. Does this mean that I cannot use BBF?
    Sorry if it’s a silly question and thanks :)

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      James Brandon

      Well, the AF-On button is what you would use for back button focusing. The joystick is for quickly selecting focus points when using single focus points. So yes, you can still use back button focusing!

  24. james powers

    Hi Brandon, I need to reinstall back button focus on my 5dmii and the link for the 5d is not opening, I’m going crazy without it….tks

  25. Gosia

    Hi James, i have read your e-book and since i transfered to BBF and never looked back.
    I have a question tho, how do you use AE lock together with BBF? Is there any trick i am missing?;) I use Nikon D800.
    Many thanks

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