New Course by Matt Kloskowski

Sharp and In Focus!

Everything you need to know about focusing and getting sharp photos.

On Sale now for $29.99


I actually taught one of my own photo mentors something!

Chris Orwig (chrisorwig.com)

Chris Orwig has been an inspiration of mine for years. I was so excited to sit down with him and actually get to teach him a little something new recently. 

Sneak Peak

3 Things You’ll Learn About 

This course is organized into 15 short 5-10 minute videos. Each video covers one topic, in an easy and organized way to make watching and learning really sink in. 

Shutter Speed Issues

Shutter Speed is one of the top reasons I see blurry photos. 

Focus Modes

Learning when to use AF-S or AF-C (Single or Continuous) Focus modes is essential. 

Focus Areas

Focus modes alone don’t get sharp photos. Where to focus is just as important. 

“I have done many of your courses, but your ‘Sharp and in Focus’ course is by far the best course I’ve ever done. Learning so much about photography in 90 minutes is priceless.

Thank you!

– Harald Koch

What’s The Course All About

Course Contents

This course is 90 minutes long and each lesson is broken up into short 5-8 minute segments so you can quickly pick and choose what you want to learn more about. It’s designed so you can get through it in just one or two sittings, and then get to practicing and implementing what you’ve learned.

COURSE LENGTH: 92 minutes


1. The Importance of the Diopter and Your Eyesight

This will cover the basics of what the diopter does and how it affects what you see as well as how to set it.

2. Handholding: Shutter speed formula

Handholding long lenses can produce blurry photos. Learn a quick formula for keeping them sharp. 

3. Handholding - Importance of Auto ISO

Learn how Auto ISO is one of the most important factors in getting sharp photos. 

4. Handholding - Lens Stabilization Modes

Learn what the different stabilization modes are, and when/how to use them. 

5. How to Check Sharpness In Camera

Find out some tips and ways to check your sharpness right in your camera before you walk away from the shot. 

6. Tripods - Real World Stability Demo

We all know tripods are important. But this real world stability demo will be eye opening. 

7. Tripods - Cable Releases and Self-Timer Technique

Learn the advantages and tips of not touching or coming in contact with the camera while shooting. 

8. Focus: Focus Modes Single and Continuous

One of the most important things you need to master is when to use Single and Continuous Focus Modes. 

9. Focus - Focus Areas Single Point vs. Dynamic

Learn how to tell your camera where to focus in the frame and even track subjects while shooting. 

10. Focus - The Focus Range Limiter

The Focus Range Limiter is an essential tool for quick focusing on the right subjects. 

11. Focus - When to Use Manual Focus?

Learn the “How and Why” of the Manual Focus Mode on your camera and tips for using it to get sharper photos. 

12. Understanding the Focal Plane

The Focal Plane is a major element in making your subjects sharp and can also contribute to them looking blurry. 

13. Understanding and Using Back Button Focus

Learn why so many photographers have changed their default camera settings to use Back Button Focus. 

14. Focus Stacking (Why and How?)

Learn where Focus Stacking can help get sharper photos along with a demo on how to do it. 

15. Sharp and Focus Recipes

We’ll go through a bunch of different shooting scenarios and I’ll give you a formula/recipe for settings to shoot it. 

Still Have Questions? Check Out the FAQ Below

The FAQ toward the bottom of the page will answer questions about skill level and camera models. 

Some of My Personal Favorites

Course Highlights 

As with any course I create, I always have some personal favorites. Topics and techniques that I know are different from what’s out there, and will really help people.


Understand Your Focus Modes

Finally understand the difference between Single (AF-S) and Continuous (AF-C) Focus Modes and When to use them. 

See Why Auto ISO Is So Important for Sharp Photos

Auto ISO is my secret weapon for sharp photos. It keeps my shutter speeds exactly where I need them, so I konw I can either handhold or freeze the action when needed. 

Learn How to Set Accurate Focus

Learn what Focus Area is and how to tell your camera where it should focus in the frame. Whether it’s a static landscape or a fast moving bird, you’ll know how to set your camera up to capture it. 

Learn the Advantages of Back Button Focus

Find out whey so many people use Back Button Focus and how it actually takes two settings that we often use, and combines them in to one button that’s easy to access. 

“I’m a portrait and event photographer, with people moving in photos all the time. Matt’s tips on Auto ISO and Focus Modes has improved my shooting in a HUGE way”

– Robin Reiss Photography


  $29.99 (reg 89.99)


All Videos (15 Lessons / 92 minutes)


Includes Recipe Video with "recipes" for Camera settings for most scenarios (sports, portrait, wildlife, landscapes, etc...)


Downloadable Course: You Own It... No Subscriptions.

My Promise to You!

(and I don’t do this often)


You Will Learn At Least 1 New Thing!

My promise to you is that you WILL learn at least one new thing about taking sharp and in-focus photos in this course. If you don’t, you can request a full 100% no-questions-asked refund within 30 days of purchase.

Why only one thing? Judging from people I talk to all the time about this stuff, I actually think you’ll learn MANY New things.

But… if you only learned 1 thing that will get you sharper and better focussed photos, I believe that is easily worth it.

Think about it… you’ve spent thousands on camera equipment. If you can learn  just one more sharp photos when it counts, wouldn’t you spend that any day of the week?

Skill Level

What Skill Level Do I Need?


Understand Exposure

Aperture | Shutter Speed | ISO

This is not a basic photography course. I’ll assume you understand the concepts of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO and how they all work together to make the exposure in your camera. 


Basic Camera Skills

Menus | Exposure

Again, this is not a basic camera course. It will assume you know how to operate the basics of your camera. Things like changing aperture and shutter speed, to knowing how to move through your menus and change things as well. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this course cover sharpening techniques in Adobe or ON1?

No it does not. I specificlaly kept the course on target to getting sharp photos before you ever get to your computer. While there are a few things we can do to help sharpness after the shot, there is no magic bullet and a blurry photo out of the camera will always be a blurry photo. 

Do you cover all cameras, makes and models?

This course is not camera specific. The settings I talk about (things like Single or Continuous Focus, etc…) are in all cameras. I do share naming differences sometimes, but the course covers focus topics that are in all cameras. Once you know what you’re looking for, what it does, and how you can use it, it’s simple enough to look in your camera manual to see where it’s located in your menu system. 

Can I watch this course on my tablet?

Yes. This is a downloadble course. You can watch it on your tablet and download up 5 other devices. You’ll need to download it to your computer first, and then you can use your usual transfer methods to get it over to your tablet or other devices. 

What is the skill level of this course?

This course is for a late beginner to intermediate person. But I run in to pro photographers that have been shooting for many years, and they often tell me they had no idea about how some of the material I cover in this course could help them.

But, to take advantage of this course you should know how to expose a photo in Aperture Priority mode and how Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO all work together to make an exposure. You should also know the basics of navigating your menu system.

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Your Instructor… Matt Kloskowski


Who Is Matt?

If I could sum myself up in to one sentence I’d say that I’m a guy who really loves to teach. When I think about what I enjoy most in this industry, it’s helping people learn about photography and photo editing.

I believe that successful photography (both in camera and after) is where taste and skill meet. 

A lot of people don’t know this, but I don’t shoot professionally anymore. At all! I have ZERO ego attached to my photography which means I don’t have any trade secrets, and I hold ABSOLUTELY NOTHING back (because my job is to teach, not shoot).

Do I love the occasional compliment on my photography? Sure… who doesn’t? But what really keeps me going is when I hear success stories from people who have taken my courses. So hop on board, and I hope to hear from you soon 🙂


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