Questions tagged [sharpness]

describes clarity of detail, the perceived combination of resolution and acutance.

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Why am I sometimes having “doubled image” and soft photos with my Tamron 100-400mm

I sometimes get unsharp results out of my Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD, with a "doubled image effect", especially visible in the out-of-focus area (bokeh). But the rest of the time, ...
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Does the Nikon 35-70mm really equal the newer 24-70mm in image quality and sharpness?

I am planning to buy a AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, but I saw a second hand 35-70 f/2.8 AF in a store nearby. I did some research and I stumbled upon Ken Rockwell's 35-70 review, in which he states: ...
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Picture looking sharp in Live View mode, then losing sharpness after picture has being taken

Since recently I am experiencing an issue with the sharpness of my images. I am using canon 70D with a macro lens for shooting jewellery and I need to have a very clear picture to capture the ...
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Is it worth investing in a used 35 mm Film camera?

I've a Canon 60D and I'm mainly interested in shooting landscapes. I feel very interested in buying a used canon EOS film camera (since my EF lenses are compatible). I would like to take pictures ...
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Why can I not shoot as sharp as I see on live preview?

I am trying to photograph a piece of jewelry. I have a Canon EO 90D camera with EFS 18-135 lens. I am using a lightbox and a tripod with plenty of light. I zoom to 106mm. I manual focus to get a super ...
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Why are my photos not crisp?

I use a Canon EOS Rebel T3i (600D) with the kit lens. I have experimented a lot with different settings and modes, but I feel like I have wasted many good shots that could have looked amazing, if only ...
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Why am I getting soft images with my Sigma 24-70 f2.8?

I recently purchased a Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 lens which I am using on a Canon 40D body. Around 8 of 10 shots were soft, regardless of subject matter. Exposure, white balance etc. all looks fine. I only ...
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Picture gets blurry when zooming in

My Nikon 3400's kit lens(18-55mm) works fine when I take pictures at 18mm. But when I extend lens beyond that, the picture gets blurry(no clarity). Though I can focus on extremely close distances ...
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What goes into making smooth, crisp, fashion magazine worthy shots?

I bought an SLR, a Nikon D70, several years ago with the intension of eventually reproducing the smooth but crisp effect I had seen from my favorite portrait shots like this one from Declan McCullagh: ...
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Need some help with astro photography

I'm just getting into photography and I'm interested in landscape, astro and macro photography. Because of the comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), I tried to make some pictures during the night, but I think ...
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Do more megapixels mean sharper images?

Do more megapixels mean sharper images? Would a 24 MP camera produce a sharper image than an 18 MP one (given the same lens, settings and scene)?
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What does make a vintage lens not sharp and can we fix it?

Situation I have this Takumar 200mm lens mounted on a Canon 60D with an m42 adapter. I really like the lens because of the bokeh it creates but the photos are so soft. I tried all the f numbers from 3....
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How do I compare two similar images' sharpness?

Is there a tool that can help you do such thing? Can photoshop do it? Matlab can, but I don't want to use it.
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Create a canvas-like style (a blurred effect)

Hi I would like to have a fluffy effect for the details of my image, and I have tried tools such as Sharpen, Blur in Fliter, and Clarity in RAW manipulation, but in vain. The left hand side is the ...
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Reduce image sharpness and DPI [closed]

Why does the sharpness of the imag decrease when I increase the DPI of an image?
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How to proper focus for sharper images?

For shooting landscape photos, what is better using manual focus or automatic focus? I seen a lot of people who focus with automatic focus then switch to manual focus, is this so the focus doesn't ...
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Different focus on different parts of the picture

I have a problem with the camera on my Xiaomi Mi A2. It mainly occurs when I take pictures of things far away. This problem is consistent. I have added a few pictures. You can see in one of the ...
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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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Sony A6000 with Sony E 18-200 lens: images unsharp on the left, in particular at zoom — lens damage?

My photos, taken with a Sony A6000 with a Sony E 18–200 mm lens, are unsharp on the left at moderate zoom and unsharp everywhere off-centre in severe zoom. This effect is present with image ...
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Optically reduce chromatic aberration - is it worth trying?

I have been using this Tamron SP 180mm 1:1 Macro - F/32 lens to digitize 35mm slides. Unfortunately, the lens' chromatic aberration is quite noticeable, when used at 1:1. I have plenty of strobe light ...
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Images Unsharp Or My Criteria Needs To Be Adjusted [duplicate]

I have Nikon D3500 with kit lens 18-55 VR and some other lenses af-p 10-20 among them. As I renewed my interest for photography some time ago, I have some images at the LR scrutiny that were taken ...
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What is the optical problems in these test images and what causes them?

As I was recommended in the question How to determine which lenses are good at testing teleconverter quality? I was taking test pictures trying to determine lens/teleconverter quality. No I did not ...
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Settings to improve dull images

I am using Nikon D5600 with 18-55 mm kit lens. When I take photos of open fields or other landscapes, the color combination comes out dull. I compared it with Canon 1500D photos. Photos from Canon are ...
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How to get sharper photos with a kit lens when in low light conditions?

I took my new Nikon D7500 out yesterday and its my first DSLR. I would like to get some thoughts on shooting sharp photos in low light conditions with it. I was shooting after sunset but before ...
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Why can't I shoot with a fast shutter speed with my continuous light at max power?

I would like to ensure a sharp focus of my object when shooting overhead (both object and background in focus). However, when shooting in manual at f/8.0 and ISO100 my shutter speed has to be 1/4 for ...
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Will a Nikon D810 give me more fine detail than a D610 for macro enlarged shots?

I do a lot of photography that focuses on tiny details usually with marine animals such as coral. I am in need of a camera that produces a photo, that even when enlarged from a macro point, it retains ...
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Do I really need a US$1500 rig for crisp sharp photos? [duplicate]

I'm getting into photography and got myself a used Canon 1200D with a Tamron 18-200mm lens. And currently under no circumstance I am able to make a perfectly focused sharp and detailed photo. Or at ...
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Is it better to shoot at diffraction limited aperture or sharpest lens aperture?

In the old cameras like Nikon D80 with 10 Megapixel pixel count. The diffraction limited aperture is F/13 but its known that lenses are generally sharpest at the F/8 so it's a no brainer to shoot at F/...
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Why are my city night pics more blurred than I expect, and what can I do about it?

I have a Canon 550D using a 10-20mm Sigma lens, with tripod. I have taken some photos of my city at night, and while the shots are ok... upon zooming in just a little you can see many lights are ...
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Why are my picture not as sharp when shot RAW as when saved as JPEG [duplicate]

Newbie question here. I shot an image in low light in jpeg format and it's crisp, but when I shoot raw in plain day at 1/125, my image looks blurry most of the time. Unless I max out the sharpness ...
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What kind of lens to use to get sharp images of people from a distance?

I am looking to buy a new lens and want something that will produce sharp images of people from a distance. I currently have a 50mm prime lens and my close-up portraits are great - crisp and clear - ...
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What affects tripod stability?

I have a Vanguard Veo 2 265 CB tripod. I really like it and it has been performing, but lately I am trying to get my pictures as sharp as I can get and I noticed something. It must be trivial to ask,...
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Tamron 100-400 (Canon EF) sharpness

I'm puzzled by how the results that "The Digital Picture" have received while testing the new Tamron 100-400 telephoto zoom lens contrast the positive reviews by the actual users all over the Internet....
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Why does grain increase acutance?

The Wikipedia article on acutance claims that a slight amount of noise or grain can increase acutance. Cambridge in Color gives the following demonstration. No noise: With noise, with more acutance: ...
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Are my expectations unrealistic for Canon 70-200mm f/4L USM IS Lens?

I'm shopping for a 70-200 F/4 USM IS L, and took a few test shots with it. Here's a 100% crop with a focus point highlighted. It was shot handheld with IS on at 70mm / F4 / 1/400 sec. In-camera ...
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How can I get sharp manual focus despite poor eyesight?

I suffer from astigmatism. It's only mild, though I feel it's affecting what I'm seeing when looking through the viewfinder. Frequently, after shooting a photo with my Canon EOS 7D, I'll load it into ...
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Why do I get so many unsharp pictures with my Canon 70-200 IS f/2.8?

Please take a look at the picture below. You can see where the focus point was thanks to a LR plugin. But the image is unsharp - again. And yes, I'm sure the dog was standing still enough for 1/250 ...
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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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How much “noise” is acceptable in a photograph?

I've been at photography for a little over a year, and I primarily do landscape and wildlife/bird photography. Most of my work has been a learning experience so far, with few shots actually something ...
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How can I get a lot of detail in the face, skin as seen in this poster for The Martian?

How was this effect achieved? You can see a lot of detail on the face, skin, etc. Is this a post-process filter or can you get this look by only playing with camera options? Is it possible to do ...
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Is this the limit of the camera image quality or is the subject out of focus?

I'm using the "macro" mode in the Powershot G9X II. The macro mode is simply a shorter focus range, there is no magnification in place, like in aftermarket macro lenses for DSLR's. I've shot many ...
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Will upgrading from P900 to Nikon D500 and a 200-400 lens make my bird photographs sharper?

I am using a Nikon P900 and although I love the camera the image quality is not always as sharp as it could be. Also it is just 3 years old and is falling to bits although i do use it daily. As most ...
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Lack of Focus/Sharpness on Zoom

I have recently taken what I thought were hundreds of amazing pictures of a group of seals on an CA beach - only to find every single picture is clearly out of focus or lacks sharpness. A sample ...
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Why is Nikon 1.4g better when Nikon 1.8g is sharper?

I am new to photography (just 3 to 4 months of experience) and I am looking to buy a new lens (either 35mm or 50mm, but mostly 35mm because I have already decided Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for ...
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Why are my product photographs not sharp?

I just bought a Canon 750D. The picture has too much noise. The detail/shine of the diamond is not really showing. I am also using a tripod and timer. The lens is the EF-S 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS STM. ...
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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/4 L IS vs Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS - ...
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Long-end softness in a wide-angle lens

I just got a copy of the Tamron AF 20-40mm F2.7-3.5 SP Aspherical IF for my Sony a7 (using the non-AF Sony A/E adapter) over eBay. I'm seeing what seems to me like a surprising degree of softness ...
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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 appearance of depth that you can achieve. That is great in a lot of scenarios, but not in all. When ...
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Focus problem vs. motion blur vs. camera shake - how to tell the difference?

I'm not sure if the title of the question captures what I mean, but it's hard to be succint in the space allowed. Suppose you have a picture that is not as sharp as you think it should/could be. (...
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How to improve image sharpness on Canon 700D?

I'm currently using a Canon 700D with a few EF-S lenses, I like the Canon system, the looks, feel and ergonomics but I'm not happy with the files I'm getting. Whenever I come across a photo that ...

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