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Damski

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Damski says:

Just not sharp enough

I have been trying my hand at doing some flowers, but I cant get the image as sharp as I want for it. Have a look for your self on my 500px page(this should be higher quality than the one included.). I wanted to get as close as possable, but dont have a marco lens for really close up shots. Is there any thing else I can do to reduce the distance for the focus to kick in?

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Still learning, so any pointer great fully received...

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Damski

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Damski says:

Re: Just not sharp enough

 Oh i'm happy with it, its got a nice dreamy feel to it, and it works for me with this image, other images i have taken have'nt worked in the same way. Portraits in particular, eyes just are not as sharp as i would like. Could it just be camera shake due to the shutter speed?

Still learning, so any pointer great fully received...

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StephenBatey

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StephenBatey says:

Re: Just not sharp enough

Lack of sharpness could be caused by (in no particular order)

Poor lens

Incorrect focus

Camera shake

Subject movement

Aperture too small

Too great a degree of enlargement

If parts are sharp and others not, add in

Insufficient depth of field

Uncorrected lens faults

You can also add in  (in appropriate circumstance) not enough digital sharpening.

To be honest, with your portraits my best guess (and it has to be a guess) is that the camera isn't focusing where you want it to. And that's a guess for several reasons.

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ralarcon

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ralarcon says:

Re: Just not sharp enough

 To be honest; adequate sharpness is somewhat dependant on the print size and medium used. For example the shot above looks pretty sharp on my iphone at a distance of 10-12 inches from my eyes. In digital it is so tempting to do a 100% or more zoom and find photo is not sharp but ultimately all that matters is whether it looks sharp when printed or on your screen size and looked at as most normal people will; most people wont look at it at 200% or 2-3in from their eyes!

Any way your shot above is ok for iphones; i will look at it on my Pc and see  what it is like there. 

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magic lighthouse

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Re: Just not sharp enough

All the answers above are correct but can I also add an element most people forget about and that is light quality. Although it should make little difference to actual sharpness it can have an effect on perceived sharpness. A very diffuse light will give a soft impression to the image whereas a sharply defined, directional beam of light will pick out more detail in the image. It will work with objects like flowers but will be less sucessful with portraits as lighting for these has to be balanced and usually a little soft, With females anyway. This is of course my opinion and others may disagree but try it for yourself, it may have the effect you are after.

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garry442

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garry442 says:

Re: Just not sharp enough

I'd hazard a guess that 1/20 sec could have caused the blurring? Perhaps the Rose was moving in the breeze, or maybe you didn't use a tripod? Capturing a sharp shot, hand held at that speed is very difficult.

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alba

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alba says:

Re: Just not sharp enough

I don't see a camera make/model mentioned. It is possible it could be that if it is a Nikon D7000. I had that problem along with millions of others. AF problem.

Edit, forget that, just looked at your 500px link and see it's a Canon

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garry442

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garry442 says:

Re: Just not sharp enough

alba said:

I don't see a camera make/model mentioned. It is possible it could be that if it is a Nikon D7000. I had that problem along with millions of others. AF problem.

Edit, forget that, just looked at your 500px link and see it's a Canon


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