I've got three good reasons why using f/22 won't get you a sharp picture. However, even though I've proven these reasons in my own work, you should go try it yourself. The other day, I wrote a brief introduction to focus stacking (check it out here) and it has spurred a lot of questions and discussion on my Facebook page (including some guest pictures below). The major question posed there is "Why not simply use a small aperture to create a photo with great depth of field and get everything in focus instead of a process like focus stacking … [Read more...] about Why Focus Stack When I Can Just Use f/22?
Sharpness continues to be a problem for some beginners and even intermediate photographers. Here are 15 tips for those of you who want the absolutely sharpest photo you can get. 1. Use A Tripod If you want the sharpest picture possible, use a tripod. If the camera moves when you make the photo, the photo will not be as sharp as possible. Even the slight pressure of your finger on the shutter can make a difference. So use a tripod and make sure its properly set up. Make sure that its stable and locked down. And use a sturdy tripod. The $30 … [Read more...] about 15 In-Camera Tips For Sharper Photos
Some folks live and die by the sharpness of an image. I am not one of them. I am totally fine with an image being downright soft as long as it's sharp where it needs to be. But for those who want to maximize sharpness, here are some tips. NOTE: This list isn't comprehensive, but should be sufficient to get you started. 1. Shoot in great light. If you're relying on autofocus, it works best in good light. If the light is poor, the AF tends to work poorly. 2. Find the sweet spot for each lens. Most beginners make the mistake of thinking that by … [Read more...] about 10 Ways to Get the Sharpest Possible Photograph
Here's a (non-exhaustive) list of things to consider when you want to make the very sharpest photo that you can possibly make in any given situation. While it's not at all always important to have a super sharp image, if you want one - these steps will get you closer than anything else I can think of. 1. What's Your Target? Establish what you want to be sharp. In a portrait - it will be the eyes. In a landscape, it might be a prominent foreground object. Whatever it is, you can't measure sharpness if you don't know what your target is. 2. … [Read more...] about How to Get the Absolutely Sharpest Photo Possible
There is a difference between sharpness and resolution in a digital image. I see too many Internet photo forum conversations by wannabe experts that confuse people on this issue. So my mission today is to get a bit more technical than usual and explain that sharpness and resolution are in no way related. Now if I get too technical, don't worry about it. Just ignore the basis of my argument and accept the concept that you can have a 14 megapixel sensor that doesn't produce images that are as SHARP as a camera with a six megapixel sensor. In … [Read more...] about Understanding Resolution & Sharpness