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Soft images on Canon 6D + Canon 24-105L F4

I am not sure why, but I get a lot of very soft images from my Canon 6D + Canon 24-105L lenses. Light conditions could be perfect, focus is ok, shutter speed is 1/500, but result image looks like it ...
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How to achieve this Soft/Velvety/Mellow look noticeable especially on clothing and sky?

I've checked all the dupes but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. I'm trying to understand how can the following look be achieved. Notice the smooth gradients in the sky. This one is ...
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How to create this soft lighting in LR and in camera?

I love this photographer's style. I know a lot has to do with her lighting, but any thoughts on how she is achieving this? Is there a lot of post-production? I use Lightroom, so any Lightroom tips ...
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Why does feathering the light gives softer light?

Why does feathering the light gives softer light? You will always hear that bigger light source will give softer light, that makes sense because it has better wrap-ability. But I also hear that ...
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What kind of lighting do I need for a halo portrait?

I'm interested in taking some photos with strong, glowing, ethereal backlighting, like a halo, but with decent detail in the actual face. I don't have any really good examples of what I'm talking ...
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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 can'...
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Why are images with my Nikon D7000 and 70-200mm lens soft?

I'm having trouble getting sharp pictures with my D7000. I've tried it with a 70-200 and 18-70 and produce the same results. I've tried AF Fine Tune with one of those focus charts, but the value of 0 (...
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Is my Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM lens defective or par for course?

I got the Canon EF-S 15-85mm IS USM this week after a lot of deliberation as an upgrade to my 18-55mm IS kit lens for my Canon 550D, and did some trial shots using it and found the images to be on the ...
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What is the difference between a soft and sharp image?

I have seen several questions talking about images being soft or sharp. What is the difference? Is soft simply the opposite of sharp in this context, or is there something more to it? Sample images ...
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Why buy an intentionally soft lens?

While reading some reviews of older lenses, I keep reading "It's soft wide open, but that's not always a problem with portraits." Over my rather short time in photography thus far, I've come to ...