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  1. digitalkym

    digitalkym TPF Noob!

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    I use the Nikon D80. I feel my photos are sharp. Then I look at other photographer's sight and some of the photos are absolutely crystal clear and sharp. Is this the lens or the camera. kym:er:
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Did you ever consider that it could be the photographer? ;)

    It's likely a combination of things. A good lens, good technique and good processing etc.
     
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    yes, I was trying to keep my post simple. I've used the tripod and tried different things. I'm always following other photographers and I lost track of this one, but her pics are unusually clear. My lenses are also VR. www.dkpphotography.blogspot.com/
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Make sure that you turn of the VR when using a tripod.

    It's often the case, that when someone asks how another photographer is getting such sharp photos, that they are looking at photos with a fairly shallow DOF. The blurry backgrounds tend to make the subject look exceptionally sharp. To get a very shallow DOF, you typically need 'fast' lenses (large max aperture)...so your average 'kit' lens just isn't going to cut it.
     
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    If I ever get it done, I'm writting a blog entry right now that addresses how to get tack sharp images.
    • Good tripod with lens IS/VR disabled
    • remote release or self timer
    • mirror lockup
    • know your lenses sweet spot
    • quality glass
    • low ISO
    • good PP sharpening techniques
     
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    If you are shooting in RAW, don't forget that you no longer have in-camera sharpening. This must be corrected in PP.
     
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    ^ only if it's needed. technically you shouldn't need any sharpening straight out of RAW.


    most dslrs also have shutter delay. which will wait 1 sec or another specified interval between the time you hit the trigger and the shutter actuates. obviously not needed if you're using a remote.
     
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    I'm not sure I agree with you (and would be interested in input from others). In-camera JPEG has sharpening filters built into the algorithm. I have yet to see an in-camera RAW image that doesn't need some degree of sharpening.
     
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    I agree, because of the AA filter alone.
     
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    What's the AA filter? Anti-aliasing? Isn't that done in firmware?
     
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    One additional tip is that when you resize an image for the internet (say down to 800pixels on the longest side) you will induce a loss of sharpness just by the resizing method - this is very clear if you upload to places like photobucket which autoresize images which rae too large, but has no/poor sharpening so you get a noticably softer image.
    For my own work I sharpen in 3 stages - sharpen the fullsized image - resize to 2000pixels on the longest side and sharpen again and then finally resize to 1000pixels (or to smaller if I so desire) and sharpen again.
    The amount I sharpen by is dependant on how much is needed each time, I don't stick to fixed values (though typically the first 2 are similar and quite high whilst the 3rd is only a little bit).

    I also sharpen with the Unsharpen Mask (yah great name for a sharpening tool) in photoshop elements with the following settings;
    Amount - dependant on image
    Radius 0.8
    Threashold 4

    I sharpen images as and when needed - that said pretty much all my RAWs go through sharpening, even the tacksharp macros taken on tripod (mirror lockup and all) benefit from some sharpening to the end image.
     
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    It's much easier to get good results with Nik Sharpener Pro, IMO.
     

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