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Old Nov 17, 2006, 9:38 AM   #11
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... DSLRs were originally designed for advanced users who want more control. I would strongly encourage you to use USM rather than in-camera sharpening, but if you must, you can always bump up the sharpening applied in-camera.

... But in summary I think that if you're shooting at 1.8 with default in-camera sharpening the sharpness of the original looks about right. Applying USM is the best approach.
And I agree with JohnG.His twoquoted sections above deserve repeating.
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Old Nov 17, 2006, 10:33 AM   #12
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The sharpness of 50mm 1.8 is great just use a higher 'f', becuase on f/1.8 it is a little soft, like in your photo.
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Old Nov 17, 2006, 2:27 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone. All advice is appreciated.
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Old Nov 21, 2006, 10:39 AM   #14
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fingo18,

The photo is just fine.....with a little Brightness and Contrast it will really look Great and If you want, trya little sharpness.

You can download a free program, Picasa, from here

http://www.download.com/Picasa/3000-...-10160334.html

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Old Nov 21, 2006, 10:34 PM   #15
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I agree with the posts regarding USM, but also feel that 1/60s isn't a fast enough shutterspeed for an image like this, even if you used a tripod. For candids I like using 1/200s minimum. If you're using a long lens hand-held you may need an even faster shutterspeed depending on how steady you are.
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Old Nov 21, 2006, 11:25 PM   #16
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Thanks everone for the great advice. I appreciate it.
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Old Nov 28, 2006, 2:05 PM   #17
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You can download a free program, Picasa, from here

http://www.download.com/Picasa/3000-...-10160334.html
picasa is a great program {i use it to view photos and for minor editing--on a daily basis} just remember, that if you use picasa, and then want to send the picture or print once your out of the program, you MUST export it, or the changes wont save.. not sure why it does this, ?! but, i know from personal experiance, ive used picasa for cropping, and doing minor color changes, and then have taken it directly to another program, and the edits werent saved.- also, the exported photo {it will save a second full cpy of the photo} you cant edit back to the original. just a few things to keep in mind . ~LMC
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Old Nov 28, 2006, 11:55 PM   #18
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Thanks LMC for the info and link. I just got a great deal on Elements 5, on black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving shopping bonanza. But I'm still going to download the free program you suggested.
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