Clarity

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  1. d70girl

    d70girl TPF Noob!

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    I'm noticing a sort of clarity to other people's photos that I don't see in mine. How is this achieved? Is it something to do with the settings on my camera, or is it something that is done in Photoshop afterwards?

    If it helps, I'm using:

    Nikon d70s
    28-80mm 3:3-5.6 Nikkor lens
    70-300mm 1:4-5.6 Sigma lens
     
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    It's a lens thing... big buck lenses yield sharper focus. :lmao:
     
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    Clarity is a broad term, in relation to photogrpahy. It would help if you were more specific. Perhaps if you posted a photo of yours that you don't like, and explained to us what you see about it that is unclear, or different from the clarity of other peoples photos.

    Some things come to mind. Poor sharpness due to cheap lens, and or incorrect focusing.

    Poor sharpness due to camera shake.

    Haze from air pollution.

    Just some things to think about.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Examples are good...show us what you mean.

    Look into the things that Matt suggested, it could easily be one or more of those issues.

    Also, sharpening (Unsharp Mask, for example) can affect how clear an image looks...especially when the image is made web-ready. I like to sharpen before and after I resize and image for web viewing.
     
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    Redoing the parameters of your camera.

    If you have been the only one who has had their hands on this camera body... then this may not apply... but, there are settings on the camera which do some processing prior to seeing the picture.

    They are called "parameters"

    They control
    1. Sharpness
    2. Contrast
    3. Brightness
    4. Saturation
    If these are not zeroed out, you can certainly get some really weird corrections, regardless of the lensing.

    Just a thought... :wink:
     
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    tripod tripod tripod...use a tripod with a remote lol
     
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    After looking at Mays winner for picture of the month, 'Twisted Tree', it definitely made me even more keen to buy a better lens ( a canon50mm1.8 for starters) and a tripod and remote! It is a good example of brilliant clarity and sharpness in my mind! I have no doubt that revamping my equipment will help in this department!.... I dont know about the nikon but my canon 350d/rebelxt came with twin kit lenses that i have heard are not the best quality at all - maybe the same with yours but not sure?? xx
    ps... anyone know anything about wireless remotes ( i know canon has one)...to me they would be way less restrictive than your usual remote??? are they super exy or not that flash???
     
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    I have had nothing but outstanding results from the nikon kit lens that came with my d70s. The glass is supurb and make me realize just how bad my old lenses on my film camera were.
     
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    I think it is a lens thing also. I have not seen or used the Sigma, but the 28-80mm is a soft lens. At minimum I'd look for an 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED. That's the D70s kit lens. Very good for the money. The good news is there are a lot for sale on the used market. Look for people that bought a D200 with one as a kit just to get the D200 sooner, or someone that bought an 18-200mm and no longer needs the 18-70mm.
     
  10. Digital Matt

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    Keep in mind that every lens is sharper when stopped down a few stops from its max. If you have a lens with a max aperture of f/4 for example, it will be sharper at f/8 to f/11. If you have cheaper lenses, you can still get good, or "better" performance at least, by stopping down a bit. Of course, with that comes more depth of field, so bear that in mind.
     
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    What do you mean "soft lens"?
     
  12. JohnMF

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    soft just means not sharp
     

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