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Old Dec 18, 2011, 7:50 PM   #1
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hi, finally made image size smaller.... so, I'm trying to learn my new camera. I am working on composition and learning how to focus on this camera. I used the 55mm-250mm lense for this. So, any thoughts? thanks I appreciate it.
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Old Dec 19, 2011, 7:38 AM   #2
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To me compositions pretty good, yet I still am not getting photo as crisp as I'd like it. I think I had it set in landscape mode for this shot. I'm going to begin using auto mode on the camera I think.
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Old Dec 19, 2011, 8:27 AM   #3
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Frankly, I'm glad you are asking about how to get a sharper picture because I need to remind myself of the tricks.

Use a tripod w/ remote shutter release and w/o IS; or
steady yourself, bracing elbows into ribs, breath out, hold, shoot; or
use a fast shutter speed

except a faster shutter speed means a wider aperature, which can soften the picture due to the lens constraints.
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Old Dec 19, 2011, 8:31 AM   #4
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So, setting it on landscape wasn't the right move? To be honest I have MS and I tend to shake, spasm and not realize it in my hands. So i had image stabilizer on yet I guess that wasn't enough.

I love the idea of a tripod i haven't purchased one yet, but I was walking around in state park so i couldn't lug it with me.

I'm going to try your tips see if that improves it.

thanks! So, I was right it isn't crisp enough?
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Old Dec 19, 2011, 2:15 PM   #5
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Is it sharp enough? It's a little soft, but if you want it sharper, the ideas above would be a good start. The lens makes a big difference as well. IIRC, you're shooting the kit lens. It's a good lens, even wide open. You'd need to spend a lot to see a big improvement.
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I think I'd have put the house a bit further on the left so we could see a bit more of the lake that the house is facing.

The house at least looks sharp to me. But is this straight out-of-camera or have you processed it? There is to my eyes the impression of a halo around the two big trees on the left which doesn't look quite natural.
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In composing I would have put the house on the left side with more of the pond on the right side of the frame. Either that or just zoom in closer on the house and forget the ducks. Also the picture could definitely benefit from some post-processing. I'm not that great at telling you what adjustments should be made off the top of my head but I would first try warming up the color temperature a tad, bringing up fill light just a bit, then bringing down exposure and then increasing blacks. Then I would increase contrast and clarity. That's what I would TRY and then adjust from there to taste. You're going to need to do some localized adjustments on the dark areas.

I think this is a scene that would have benefited from HDR due to the strong light and shadows.

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I think I'd have put the house a bit further on the left so we could see a bit more of the lake that the house is facing.

The house at least looks sharp to me. But is this straight out-of-camera or have you processed it? There is to my eyes the impression of a halo around the two big trees on the left which doesn't look quite natural.
I didn't catch the halo until you said it but it looked to me like the sky is processed. The rest of the shot looks too hot for the sky to be that dark blue.

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I am guess you used the kit lens, what aperture was it at. It gets sharper when you stop the 18-55 down to F7.1 or F8. And f3.5-f5.6 the edge sharpness is not there with the kit lens.

Also is you are shooting at the wider aperture. The fore ground is going to be a bit out for focus as this shot looks like the camera focus on the house. To the the whole frame in focus you without blur, you will need to stop down to F11or F12. And it looks like there is enough light for that aperture.

I would shoot in AV mode and pick the aperture to adjust according to how much depth of field you want.
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I'm not sure about the composition.
(1) The largest object in the frame is the big tree. The house is in the center of the picture which, to me, violates the "rule of thirds" (http://photoinf.com/General/KODAK/gu...of_thirds.html). So it's hard for me to see what the primary subject is supposed to be.
And because you're not shooting straight on, I feel like the house should have more room to "vanish" to our right. What do you think of this crop?

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P.S. it looks reasonably sharp to me, particularly if you're not doing any photoshop post-processing to increase the sharpness.

"Landscape" mode in most cameras maximizes the aperture so there's the greatest depth of field (i.e. the most stuff is in focus as possible). That's probably what you want here. But DON'T shoot automatic. Then the camera does all the guessing for you. For landscapes, shoot Av (aperture priority) and make your f-stop go down as far as you can, while still having a fast shutter speed (1/100).
http://www.digital-photography-schoo...l-camera-modes

If you think it's blurry due to camera shake --
(a) check the EXIF data (you can right-click on your picture on the computer and select "properties") -- if it's slower than probably 1/100, that's just going to give you a little blur
(b) carry a monopod -- like a tripod but only one leg. They're much easier to carry and set up than a tripod, and give you a lot of the stability that a tripod does.
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