Dealing with focus issue...

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  1. deedubss123

    deedubss123 TPF Noob!

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    I have been a photographer for two years and just recently, wondering why my photos aren't tack sharp with my specific lens. Its 24-70 2.8 Canon. I shoot with a Canon Mark IV.

    This photo was taken this past weekend of a large group and I feel like the image isnt tack sharp. It seems very soft and almost noisy to me. What could I possibly be doing wrong for it to be like this? I was standing about 5 feet from the group.

    Using my 24-70 2.8 lens - I was at 33mm, F/5.6 , 1/320 ISO 800 - I was standing probably 5 feet in front of them. How come the image seems soft. Is it b/c of my meter or AF points? I focused on boy in front, assuming focus would fall behind and hit everyone else, correct? Any veterans have advice?


     
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    What type of focus are you using? You should be using single-point focus if you're not already.
     
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    It's kind of hard to tell at the size you've uploaded, which looks decently sharp.
    You need to upload a crop of a section of it that is showing your sharpness whilst the image is at full size (a 100% crop). That way we can see what you're seeing fullsize; as opposed to a resized version for the net
     
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    On my phone. It looks like high ISO a d not focus. And Five feet at 33mm????That is a horrible distance and focal length for a group photo, guaranteed to cause foteshortening.looking at the photo I would say that your estimate of your distance is incorrect.
     
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    I agree with Derrel. 60 mm, a few steps back probably would have a given you what you are looking for providing you were in the proper focus mode. Being that close at that f/stop may have given you a tight window for DOF in relation to the number of people. You could have stopped down a stop or two, maintained a workable shutter speed, and brought more people in focus. However, at that distance you actually shot it at, now your dealing with a non compressed image of people.
     
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    I never have grain issues when shooting at 800 ISO. The Mark IV handles it so well so makes me wonder why it is grain. Here is a screen shot of zoomed in at 100%. Anyone interested in seeing the RAW file? Can send via email.
     
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    I just tried to upload screen shot and its saying the file is too big which I dont understand how that could be....
     
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    Yes I toggle my focus points currently
     
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    I uploaded the 100% crops of some of the people in the family. Let me know what you think
     
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    It would be normal to have a very tiny amount of noise at ISO 800 if you view at 100% crop. It's not much (and it's very easy to manage) but it isn't zero.

    When I look at this image, mostly what I notice is the blue cast on the white balance (it needs to be warmed up) and the color seems desaturated.

    I also notice the focus is a little better on the subjects that are nearer to the camera (and you said you used f/5.6).

    But it's difficult to provide a good evaluation since these are JPEGs and have no EXIF data in them.

    Did you shoot RAW? Do you have a straight-out-of-the-camera shot you can share (not a JPEG) with all the EXIF data still intact?
     

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