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How can I take crisp sharp shots without an expensive lens?

Recently I bought my first DSLR camera. It is a beginner's one, a Sony Alpha A230 kit. To tell the truth, my shots are no more crisp than those I used to take with my old point and shoot Nikon ...
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Graininess and lack of detail [duplicate]

Hello fellow lens loving junkies! I have been struggling to get very sharp, non-grainy images. I have a Canon Rebel Eos T3i. Even images at 100 ISO are not as sharp as I would like. Not sure if it is ...
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How do I achieve sharp and brightly coloured pictures on a Canon EOS700D/T5I? [duplicate]

I see some pictures posted and they are glossy, sharp and solid. I always wonder how they achieved it. I have a 18-55mm lens for now. Is it possible to get this result on that lens or do I really ...
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Lack of sharpness: is it me, or my zoom lens?

I am specifically talking about Nikon 24-70mm f 2.8 lens Here is the picture I took with that: And here is another one I took with my prime lens Nikon 85mm f 1.8 I think this one is sharper and ...
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How can I get tack-sharp portraits with the focus perfectly on my subject's eye?

How can I consistent achieve tack sharp images, when wanting to focus on eyes in a portrait? I am always using single focus and moving the focus point to the eye and recomposing if necessary. What ...
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What can I do to improve the sharpness from my Canon 60D for stock photography?

I recently started getting into stock photography and submitted some images to Shutterstock. I was rejected for various issues like noise and focus. I was surprised at how high their standards were ...
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At what shutter speed threshold does a tripod start to matter?

I use a Nikon D7000 with a prime 35mm/f1.8 lens. I usually shoot at the highest aperture with 200-1000 ISO, holding the camera steady and taking 6 or more shots in the hope of at least one coming out ...
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What is a “diffraction limit”?

I've seen the term used, but what is a "diffraction limit", when should I worry about it, and what undesirable effects are a result of it ?
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Why do my photos appear grainy when taken at the widest aperture?

I have a Nikon d5000 and just purchased a Tokina 11-16 lens. I was taking picture of a dog 1-2 meters away during winter at mid day today. Using the aperture priority setting, I set the camera to ISO ...
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Image quality - related to camera or not? Blurry, artificially sharpened images

I bought a D90 camera recently which was well used with 67k shutter actuations. I took some photos and this is the result: On the left, you can see that the image looks blurry when zoomed into, ...
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DPP output is not sharp

I am using DPP (Digital Photo Professional by Canon) for post processing. Not sure what is wrong with it, but every time I produce an image (.JPEG) out of raw (.CR2) file, it turns blurry. I tried all ...
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Are there any downsides to scaling down unsharp images?

To keep my personal image catalog compact, I am considering scaling down all images that are unsharp for one reason or another, but are interesting or valuable enough not to delete them altogether. I ...
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Is it common to have problems with soft images on a 7D?

I moved from a 20D to 7D recently and moved my EFS 17-85mm to the 7D. The 7D images are soft so I had to program my own sharpness mode. I use both tripod and hand held, and yes I know to turn off ...
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Sharp, in focus portraits - analyse an example please

I have tried taking a few portraits in my living room, using studio flash. I'm still new to it, so my lighting setups may not be great. I have found sometimes that I can shoot 3 or 4 shots in a row - ...
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Why Isn't This Photograph Pin Sharp?

I Have Been Trying Out My New Canon EF 24-70mm and I'm pretty underwhelmed by its sharpness. Here is a RAW file shot from a solid tripod on an (almost) windless day using a remote. Obviously it ...
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Why are my pictures so shakey?

I am new here so I am not sure what all information you will need to help me with this...but....Can anyone tell me what might be causing my camera to take pictures like this? I tested two cameras ...
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Why are my photos not crisp?

I own a T3i with the kit lens. I have experimented a lot with different settings and modes but I am not so knowledgeable and I feel like I have wasted many good shots that could have looked amazing, ...
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1/30 shutter speed with film camera

If you take a photo with a 1/30 shutter speed, but the objects in the photo were not moving, will the picture appear blurry? Or will they appear clear?
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When should I consider an image sharp? [duplicate]

Recently I am worried about the functionality of my Pentax K-50, i.e. I am not able anymore to get real sharp images. Thus my question arose, what I should see as "sharp". So I took several pictures ...
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How can I take a photo with everything in focus with my DSLR?

I am quite new to DSLRs and one of the first things I noticed was the incredible focus points and depth that you can achieve. That is great in a lot of scenarios, but not in all. When filming a ...
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Which of these two metrics is a good measurement of sharpness?

I have seen two metrics used to measure the sharpness of a camera: Perceptual megapixels, used on Dxomark. Number of lines the camera can resolve in a resolution chart. However, these two ...
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How do I choose between 24-70 f/4 and 24-105 f/4 Canon lens?

I am getting a new medium range zoom lens for general use and occasional weddings. This new 24-70 f4 was top of my list until I watched this review: Canon 24-70 f/4L IS vs Canon 24-105 f/4 IS - ...
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How does the resize option 'bicubic auto' in CS6 incrementally upscale images?

It's been demonstrated that upscaling incrementally improves image quality, Empirical Study: Extreme digital upscaling, and that thread also shows that choosing 105% increments versus 110% increments ...
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How can I shoot a portrait and still see a sharp background [duplicate]

I consider buying an entry-level DSLR (probably Sony A58 kit or Nikon D3300 kit). I won't buy any lenses, I'll keep the 18-55mm that come with the camera. So, if I want to shoot a person from close ...
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Sigma 28-105 3.8 5.6 Lens not sharp with Nikon D7000 unless stopped way down?

I find that my Nikon D7000 is not producing sharp images with a Sigma 28-105mm f/3.8-5.6 lens. It is very soft from f/3.8 - f/11, but from f/13- f/16 it is sharp. But I cannot shoot with these ...
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Unable to get sharp landscape picture

I'm facing often the same kind of trouble when taking landscape pictures... I end up with a picture that could be great but that is totally not sharp ! Example : I set up the maximal focal ...
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Do you lose the increased sharpness of not having an AA filter if downscaling?

I just read the DPreview of the Nikon 5300, and it mentions that its new 24-MP sensor doesn't have an anti-alias (AA) filter, allowing for higher sharpness. I was wondering if you would see the ...
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Nikon D3000 Blurry Pictures. Focus Issue?

Here are two examples: Both pictures are in NEF format here. The pictures have not been modified in any way except except for being resized and converted to PNG. Just for kicks (and to prove I'm ...
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Why do my photos appear more in focus when I use a long exposure? [duplicate]

Why does an unfocused lens still give a focused view with a longer exposure? For example, I took an out-of-focus photo with a ¹⁄₁₀th second exposure (at f/7.1), but when I change to 10 seconds (at ...
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Lower quality photos in burst mode

I took some photos of high speed skating and as there was too much motion involved, I switched to burst mode (continuous shots) hoping I'll get some good shots. But the sharpness of those taken in ...
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What are the main factors that will affect the sharpness of my images?

I am relatively new to DSLR photography and I am mainly learning by taking photos and enjoying doing so. One of the curiosities with my photos are how the level of sharpness varies from photo to ...
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Are full-frame cameras less forgiving with respect to camera shake?

I am debating if I should upgrade to a full frame camera or not. I heard that full-frame cameras are less forgiving if there is camera shake? My worry is that my pictures might not be as sharp with ...
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Why can't I get a sharp macro image when shooting handheld, even with IS?

These days I shoot macro handheld, using the focus and recompose technique. I used AF-one shot. I used a Canon 100mm 2.8 on my Canon 550D. My shutter speed was 1/100s, but it was quite frustrating ...
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Can different metering modes affect sharpness for a m42 prime lens?

Recently, I got some old m42 prime lens from Ebay and started playing with them with my Canon T3i/600d. However, it's difficult to get sharp pictures with these manual focus lens as there is no AF ...
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How is the warm soft quality of photos like this created without impeding the sharpness?

I see photos of this style all the time and I simply can't work out how they create the warmth and softness without sacrificing the sharpness! Is it a filter in a image app, is it a filter? I just ...
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Should I shoot in RAW format to get lighter and sharper images?

Most of the time I have problem with the lightning of my images even after post processing with Adobe Photoshop. I searched the net and I found that people use the RAW format instead of jpg. Do I need ...
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Why am I having trouble getting sharp results with my new DSLR, compared to a point and shoot?

I'm having issues with my new Nikon D3200. I am new at photography, but I've previously used my parents camera (a Canon) for my brother's senior photos, and those were crystal clear. I've got this ...
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Are superzoom lenses really so bad?

I have read comments in multiple places, both on photo.SE and elsewhere, that superzoom lenses are not good and that most people will be better served by buying two zoom lenses, each spanning a ...
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Is it still necessary to stop a lens down on an APS-C camera?

I’ve read a lot of lens reviews that say something like, “in order to get the maximum sharpness out of this lens, you’ll need to stop it down” to f/2.2 or f/2.8. I’m shooting on an APS-C camera. Is ...
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What is sharpness vs. clarity in photo editing software?

I have been using Lightroom and Photoshop Pro for past 7 months. For all my photos, I used to increase the sharpness using the options available. I now see another option called clarity, and when I ...
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Can photos from a mediocre zoom be made as sharp as a prime lens in post-production?

I use Canon 7D with a 18-135 kit lens. Though the image is in focus, it is not that sharp. I wonder if we can have a sharp image — something equivalent to primes — with post production. What I have ...
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Does leaving the Canon 7D sharpness setting at zero make images worse or better?

Do you know if leaving the sharpness setting to zero makes the image worse or better. I find that putting it to 7 makes it "sharp" but something seems artificial with it when I review the images. ...
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Blurry pictures when zooming in

I have a 3 month old Nikon D5100. The closer I zoom in, the blurrier the picture. This is on auto. I have two lenses and they are both doing this. Any ideas why?
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Does Stopping down affect the performance of the sensor's AA filter?

I noticed a while back that with a lens stopped right down (say f16-22), any dust on the sensor becomes much more noticeable and "focused", and wide open (say f1.4) it is practically invisible. This ...
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Canon Sharp Zoom Lens for Fashion Photography

I am looking to buy a Canon L lens, preferably a zoom to cover various ranges and focal points. I had a look on the new Canon 24-70f4L and it looks fantastically sharp. However, someone mentioned on ...
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Is there a noticable difference in sharpness between a 1.8 lens and a 2.8 of similar design?

I recently bought a second-hand Carl Zeiss Jena PANCOLAR MC 1.8/50mm Lens off eBay (still waiting for it to arrive though) and am going to mount it to my Canon 7D via a M42 adaptor. I primarily shoot ...
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My images are not sharper Nikon D800

I have Nikon D800 and I feel that my images are not sharper. My friend has D4 and I like the way his images look. But he always says he reduced the sharpness in the camera. What value can I set to ...
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Is 24mm F/1.8 Prime lens blur bokeh is good (not distorted face) for portraits

I want to buy and do a photos+video interview with Sigma F/1.8 24mm Fixed Prime. I did profile photos/interviews with my Sigma 85mm F/1.4 on My Sony A77 APS-C camera. I used to use F/1.7-F/2 as a ...
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Do elements drift out of place with age in zoom lenses?

I have used a Nikon 18-200 for several years and probably have 30K or so photos taken with the lens. It appears that over time the lens is less consistent in the sharpness of the lens. I have heard ...
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Software to find sharpest image in sequence?

I took a batch of images with slight camera shake. What software is there to automatically find the sharpest image in the batch? What I already found is Imatest's findsharp, but they write: "Find ...