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Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by julie32, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. julie32

    julie32 TPF Noob!

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    Hey guys

    I can't figure out why my images are so soft. What are the reasons for soft images? I was having some trouble with light because my subject was in direct sunlight, so I put it on auto exposure for this shot.

    My specs:

    Canon 20D
    Sigma 24-70mm
    ISO 400
    1/250[​IMG]
    with flash

    thanks for your help.
     
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    JamesD Between darkrooms

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    You'll have to post the image on a photo hosting site in order to link to them. The link you've used refers to a file on your own computer; we've no way to access it to view.

    Lots of people seem to like photobucket.com.
     
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    First thing that pops in my head is the lens. That is why you will find 1500 dollar lenses, but you can fix it with post-processing software. Just buy the 50mm prime lens for a little over a 100 dollars and you will instantly see a difference in colors.
     
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    hey richard

    thanks for responding. Are you saying there's a 50mm lens that's only a little over 100 dollars?????

    thanks
     
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    I just got my 50 1.8 and the difference between it in my 18-55 kit lense is just WOW...I have Nikon but I have two friends who are Canon users and they both love that lens.
     
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    I have the cannon F1.4 and i do tend to use it a lot more then the stock lens, the difference is amazing, but again, i have gotten some good shots with my stock lens as well.
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    as far as the contrast in this one goes, this is a question of how the jpeg is created from the original sensor data, not so much the lens i suppose.

    contrast could be increased easily in postprocessing.

    i cannot really judge sharpness of the image given the small size on Flickr.

    if your sigma is the f/2.8 lens, then this lens is quite nice actually.
     
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    Julie....yes the lens mentioned is known as 'the nifty fifty' and is one of the most discussed lenses around. Surprisingly good images at a ridiculous price.

    As to your photo...anytime you rely on the camera to make decisions, you are taking a chance. What focus point? What white balance?
    The 20D is an excellent all round camera, you just have to get out of auto and into the creative modes.
     
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    If image quality is important and you are on a limit budget, go with primes: 50mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8, 100mm etc..)

    If you can sacrifice image quality for convenience/flexibility of zoom, go with a good quality zoom.

    If you can't sacrifice image quality and still need a zoom, prepare to spend big $$$$.

    I second the 50mm f1.8 "zippy". WOnderful lens for next to nothing.''


    With that said.... was there any post-pro photoshop work done on the photo? Or was it converted/posted straight through? Was it shot in RAW or straight JPEG? Canon RAW images usually require a little post pro work as they are pretty conservative in terms of contrast, saturation, and sharpness. Not a bad thing... their intention was to give the photographer more flexibility/control over the final print/picture.
     

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