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Old January 1st, 2006, 07:41 PM
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sharper focus

i've gotten the comment 'soft focus' on a lot of my pictures. are there any other hints or tips other then carefully focusing (my camera is fully manual) using a tripod and a cable release that anyone could help me with. Shooting handheld i try to remember to keep my shutter speed no slower than 1/60 sec. thanks.
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Old January 1st, 2006, 10:46 PM
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i've gotten the comment 'soft focus' on a lot of my pictures. are there any other hints or tips other then carefully focusing (my camera is fully manual) using a tripod and a cable release that anyone could help me with. Shooting handheld i try to remember to keep my shutter speed no slower than 1/60 sec. thanks.
It could be the lens.. or the autofocusing isn't great. I get those comments myself sometimes.
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 11:20 AM
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I get that comment frequently as well.

I'm wondering if it has anything to do with my glasses or contact lenses.


My 'close up' vision is fine. Should I not use my corrective glasses to look through the view finder?
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 08:43 PM
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Are you shooting w/ digital or film? If film, how do you transfer them into digital form?
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 09:20 PM
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i use film and when i get it developed i get them to put it on a cd as well. i'm not sure what they use to do so though...
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 09:56 PM
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You probably need to sharpen your photos more. Depending on your which program you are using, look for unsharp mask or sharpen feature. Play around and learn.

Here is a good read.

Photos below are from the same file.
Check out the bud, and the petals toward the buttom, you can see more detail when the photo goes through an extra sharpen phase. The first photo is soft in nature.

Orginal Photo


Sharpen Photo



Hope this makes some sense.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 02:17 AM
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As already indicated here an investigation is required. The clues are in the posts. Set up a scenario that is sensitive to depth of field, which amounts to being close with a small aperture. If the camera has a longer focal length option then use that. A good example for a target is sheet of text say a news paper. The newspaper is set horizontal and the camera set at a hight such that the grazing angle is shallow. Focus halfway down the paper and take a shot. When you look at the image you can see how good the focus is because there will be a maximum point of focus where it is as "good as it gets", Is this where you think it should be? If not then you have a focussing problem and you chase that. If there is nothing sharp then you have to look at the negative and go in that direction.

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Old January 8th, 2006, 10:25 PM
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Thanks, I'll definitely give that a try.
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