Maestra80 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 8 months 17 hours ago) and read 5961 times:
I'm relatively new to photography, and started regularly taking pictures at ORD last spring.
My pictures come out okay, but they're not as sharp as they could be. Is there anyone familiar with this type of camera, that could help me out with the sharpness settings, or give me any kind of advice?
Oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6517 posts, RR: 11 Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 10 hours ago) and read 5938 times:
Quoting Maestra80 (Thread starter): My pictures come out okay, but they're not as sharp as they could be. Is there anyone familiar with this type of camera
, that could help me out with the sharpness settings, or give me any kind of advice?
What's the lens? That's where the sharpness, or otherwise, comes from.
Silver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4655 posts, RR: 27 Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 5 hours ago) and read 5921 times:
First of all, we cannot offer any real help until we can see larger versions of your pictures. Give us examples at least 1024 pixels wide.
Quality is often very low with heavy crops. You really need to fill the frame as much as possible in the first place. This will be difficult with only 55mm so for aviation a decent zoom lens of up to at least 200mm is recomended.
For in-camera sharpening, there is a setting in the custom functions/picture styles menu. However, it's typically best to keep in-camera sharpening to a minimum and leave most of the sharpening to editing software such as PS.
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RonS From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 762 posts, RR: 24 Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 4 weeks ago) and read 5821 times:
The Canon 55-250 IS is an inexpensive option. $250-$299. However, for a little more money, you can get the 70-200 f/4L, which is what I have, for $550-600. I believe this is Canon's most inexpensive L rated lens. I bought mine from Amazon, but it is carried seemingly everywhere.
I bought the 55-250 and returned it for the 70-200 f4/L. Since most of my shooting is done when the weather is good I opted not to spend the additional $500 on the IS model. I sometimes wish I had IS, but couldn't justify the extra $500 for it.
But regardless, if you choose to stick with the lens you have for a while, you just need to learn the photo editing portion of it. You'll actually need to konw photo editing for whatever lens you have. I use photoshop. I hope that helps.
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Thanks for the link to that website, I went and checked it out. I'm going to have to free up some disk space on my laptop so I can download that...it's nearly full.
Quoting RonS (Reply 7): The Canon 55-250 IS is an inexpensive option. $250-$299.
That's one that I was kind of thinking of, because I figure the image stabilizer would help with shaky hands (??) I don't know much about lenses, but how is the 70-200 better than the 55-250...is the former just better quality than the latter? It seems like the 55-250 would give you a larger range of zoom.
I've got a Mac as well and what I'll do is download all the images from the camera to iPhoto. Then I'll go in and move the shots I think are worth a closer look into a album called something like "To PS". I'll then export all those images as original (RAW) files into a directory on my HD called "Preprocess". I'll then one by one work on the images in Elements and when I'm done save them to another directory called "Processed"
If I want to send the images to MobileMe or facebook, etc I'll import the edited images from the processed directory into whatever album I want in iPhoto so I can find them easily.
I do it this way because iPhoto's organization is intuitive for me and so it works well for that. It might be a bit repetitive and redundant but, it works for me.
I am also a newb and learning but, I've got a workflow that works for me and that helps a lot.