I am really sick of soft images

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  1. philaphotog

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    Hi all -

    I do photojournalistic style photo shoots with parents and their small children interacting in their own homes. I strongly prefer, for all the obvious reasons, to use natural light. But even positioning people near windows, using a VR lense, whatever I can do... the images are still softer than I would like and it's driving me nuts. I'm breaking down and getting an SB600 (and learning how to use it to look as "natural" as possible)... but does anyone have other suggestions about what to do? With small babies it's not a problem, because everyone is pretty still. But toddlers just don't stop moving!

    Thanks in advance,
    Amanda

    (Also, I currently use a D40 but am upgrading to a D700, if it matters)
     
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    Well getting a SB600 isn't going to give you sharp images, neither is VR, or even a D700.

    In fact, skip the D700 all together for now. All you need is BETTER GLASS. And maybe a better understanding of what makes a photo
    (see also Photography Beginners' Forum & Photo Gallery ), but that's beside the point. Take that $2800 and get some nice lenses. Or maybe get a D300 and still some nice lenses. Or just get a D700. But it ain't gonna make your images any sharper.
     
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    What f-ratios are you using? Each lens has its own sweet spot. Wide open is never the sweet spot.
     
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    Post an example of what you consider soft.
    In 90% of all images, post processing is required. You would be amazed how much sharpness is hidden in most pics!
     
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    Nikor 24-70 2.8

    Nikor 50mm 1.4
     
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    - Nikkor 70-200VR F/2.8
    - Nikkor 85mm F/1.4
    - Sigma 18-50 DC EX HSM Macro F/2.8 (sharper than the 3 times more expensive 17-55 Nikkor F/2.8)

    All award winning lenses known to be VERY sharp, however, I still bet the biggest part of the answer to the OP's question is in post processing.
     
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    The lense I am using is AF-S Nikkor 18 - 55 VR. I will try to post a picture; haven't done it before, and don't want to do it wrong and get yelled at!
     
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    Most likely it is a settings issue or lack of light. I just started working with off camera lighting and trying some new stuff and was amazed at how sharp the photos came out, that 50 f/1.8 at f/8 with the right light is SUPERB!
     
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    Skip the D700, and look at some better glass.
    there is a reason the pros usually carry high end lenses.
     
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    There's a reason some armatures also bolt $3000 lenses on $800 bodies. :)
     
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    On the other hand, I've gotten some great results using my 60mm micro f/2.8 Nikkon lense with my N90. I'm just trying to use digital more to keep my overhead down - lower cost by not developing film. I'm hoping that using the 60mm micro with the D700 body might help - any thoughts on this?
     
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    So if he's shooting at shutter speeds of 1/15 and trying to shoot a moving object and can't get any faster shutter speeds due to the limit of ambient, then a SB600 won't help him out? Man. I should just return all my lighting and buy glass. I'm going to go purchase an 18-500 f/-32 IS lens I think.

    And appropriate lighting.

    That your pictures still might suck if you're not providing examples and explanations. If you're shooting in raw and not sharpening them, they'll be soft. If you're shooting wide open on a kit lens, they'll be soft. If you're using too slow of a shutter speed and relying on VR, they'll still be soft.

    You're not providing any answers, so any feed back you might get will provide you with a really expensive purchase with no real solution.

    /the end
     

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