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Old Aug 13, 2011, 4:46 PM   #1
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So I went to a BBQ competition today and took a bunch of photos. For the most part the photos look good but some don't seem sharp.

Normally I'm way to close to the F1.8 range so that's why things aren't sharp so this time I went much higher. If you take a glance at these photos do they look good to you? I've looked at it for too long and am seeing things now.

I resized the one to 550 pixels so I know that's no help. The other was cropped at 100% and then resized to ~550 so think that is a representative portion of the 100% original.
I took these in raw, did very little adjustments and then took the color mode to 8 and saved as a JPEG.

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Old Aug 13, 2011, 5:09 PM   #2
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I don't know about sharp, but MAN am I HUNGRY now!
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It seems to not be as 'crisp' as it should be. Is your lens stabilized? Given the exif data, your SS should probably be a bit faster for the focal length you are using, unless you have very steady hands.
Two steps in Image Analyzer gave me this from your crop.

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It seems to not be as 'crisp' as it should be. Is your lens stabilized? Given the exif data, your SS should probably be a bit faster for the focal length you are using, unless you have very steady hands.
Two steps in Image Analyzer gave me this from your crop.

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I'd agree, looks like shake blur to me... I'd up the ISO a bit to get the shutter
speed higher...
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Old Aug 13, 2011, 6:10 PM   #5
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It seems to not be as 'crisp' as it should be. Is your lens stabilized? Given the exif data, your SS should probably be a bit faster for the focal length you are using, unless you have very steady hands.
Two steps in Image Analyzer gave me this from your crop.

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No the 50mm F1.8 lens is not stabilized. So I bet you are right that the SS should have been faster. The problem is that I use aperture priority mode and I normally totally ignore SS. I need to think more about SS.

Its for a webpage so at least the resized version looks ok.

Thanks guys - sharpness is something I really have trouble messing with. I'm totally lost when adjusting sharpness in photoshop elements.
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I'd agree, looks like shake blur to me... I'd up the ISO a bit to get the shutter
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Another feature I don't mess with! ISO! ug - live and learn!
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Old Aug 13, 2011, 6:38 PM   #7
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Just to redeem myself I think this is at least sharp, correct?

This is sliced pork shoulder (not pulled). The one is a crop at 100%, the other is the 550 pixel resized.

FYI - The above (unsharp) was BBQ chicken.
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Looks much sharper to me. Good enough to eat (well, except my wife and cardiologist won't let me).

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Yes, the 1/200 SS makes a lot of difference... You could still shoot at a smaller
aperture if you'd like... Just raise ISO a bit and watch what SS is displayed until
you get it back up to around 1/200... Take a couple test shots at different f/#
and ISO's keeping the SS up and see which ones look best to you...

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This is sharp.



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