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Tom R. Fleeman

sharp amage

Hi another dumb question. How would I know if my photo is not in focus or I don't have exposure right for a real sharp image. I have a couple of photos that are real sharp, but most of mine are not that sharp. Even on a tripod a good one. Thanks tom

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10/9/2012 6:05:19 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Look for an area of sharp detail, like a persons hair or an area on the ground. Follow from foreground back or the opposite direction and look at the gradual blurriness morphing into sharpness.
If your exposure's off, your colors will be dull. And look for excessive noise/grain in shadows or dark colors, if you've under exposed. If you've over exposed, look at light colors or highlights with a complete loss of detail. Or you might see a color shift in highlight areas if you're way over.
Just take your camera and shoot something and go through the entire aperture scale without changing the shutter speed so you can see a bunch of different exposure values.

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10/9/2012 11:18:25 AM

Andre Larose
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2011
  Too add to Gregory's excellent response here some other points you may want to consider.

- use a cable release or the timer on your camera.
- Use Live View the important reason for that is the mirror will be up and there will be less vibrations. Chech out the link I've added concerning LiveView

-check your ISO's to get a little more speed it's better a little noise you can fix later an have sharp images.

Hope this will help

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10/10/2012 8:07:22 AM

Tom R. Fleeman   Thank you both I will try when I get a chance in the next few days and see what happens. If I still have a problem I will post a couple of samples of what I am talking about. Thanks again.


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10/10/2012 10:46:28 AM

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