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daniele fontanin
Nitidezza: SHARPNESS PROBLEMS



Hi guys!
Here I am for another problem in my pics.
I will try to explane better than I can what I need and I hope to have some great tips from you as always!

My pics are not NITIDE (I think that NITIDEZZA is SHARPNESS) as yours guys.
I don't understand why, but it is real.

I will try to make you understand what I mean with come pics:
It is mine:



Anthony ( http://www.anthonymairphoto.com/ - http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthonymair/ )





Dejan ( http://dejansokolovski.com/ - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dejjisch/ )




Oskar ( http://www.oskarbakke.com/ - http://www.flickr.com/photos/oskarbakke/ )



William ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/great_one/ )





and so on.
As you can see, my pic is not so definite, accurate and precise like the pics above. My sharness is lower than yours...but SO MUCH LOWER! In your pics I can see every element in a perfect way: all is perfect in the pics: every line, every pixel...in mine, the all cool thing is...that the elise is mine! :-)




I know that the pics above are form Superb photographers, and my question is not how to make great photos like yours guys: I only would like to understand How to obtain great sharpness in my pics like you have in yours!

I will try to give you all the elements: camera settings and processing

A - My camera settings (CANON EOS 5D):
1 - Quality : RAW
2 - Colour space : sRGB
3 - Picture style : STANDARD (2,0,0,0)

B - Processing (I have photoshop CS4)
1 - Open .CR2 file (doublr clic and automatically CAMERA RAW 5.0)
2 - SHARPNESS as below


C - Camera RAW button : OPEN IMAGE

D - processing in Photoshop

E - finish with Filter : Sharpen Edges


Why my pics are so DISGUSTING???????????????????
I think that the answer coul be:
- wrong camera settings
- wrong processing
- camera raw is old and also cs4 is old
but, please, help me :-)

The situation, at the moment, is this: I would like to make some pics but I know that, at the end, I'm not happy about the quality of files...and the result is that I usually put the camera in the bag crying while whatching to your pics.
:-(



Thanks in advance to everyone who will help me!
Ciao ciao,
Dan
Seethegrim
Your sample shot looks pretty sharp to me...? The car is sharp. Your foreground obviously won't be because you're so low. And your camera will also have trouble finding focus because of all the sun entering the lens & confusing the hell out of the camera!

Is it with all your lenses & all your shots? Because then you might need to look at if your lenses perhaps have a 'front focus' or 'back focus' problem. This needs to be recalibrated to your camera by a camera tech.
mcdronkz
The sharpness of the first photo looks okay to me.

Some tips:

- Use sharp primes (EF 50mm f/1.4, EF 35mm f/1.4 for example)
- Use live view if your camera supports it, it's really accurate!
- You could try the 'high pass' sharpening method in Photoshop, it's non-destructive too!
daniele fontanin
QUOTE(Seethegrim @ Feb 6 2011, 01:29 PM) *
Your sample shot looks pretty sharp to me...? The car is sharp. Your foreground obviously won't be because you're so low. And your camera will also have trouble finding focus because of all the sun entering the lens & confusing the hell out of the camera!

Is it with all your lenses & all your shots? Because then you might need to look at if your lenses perhaps have a 'front focus' or 'back focus' problem. This needs to be recalibrated to your camera by a camera tech.


Yes: I find the problem with sharness with all lenses I use...I don't know if my camera settings and sharpness postproducrion are correct...maybe they are wrong sad.gif
But I'm happy because in your opinion my pic is pretty sharp. Now I would like to improve it!


QUOTE(mcdronkz @ Feb 6 2011, 02:36 PM) *
The sharpness of the first photo looks okay to me.

Some tips:

- Use sharp primes (EF 50mm f/1.4, EF 35mm f/1.4 for example)
- Use live view if your camera supports it, it's really accurate!
- You could try the 'high pass' sharpening method in Photoshop, it's non-destructive too!


Thanks: at the moment new lenses are not in budget sad.gif
What is live camera? Sorry if it is a noooooooby question.....
I tryed "high pass sharpening" I't cool! I think I will use it in every pic from now1
Cool!!!
Mr.D
Every Canon camera and lens needs to be calibrated. I've never owned a single unit that has been in focus from the factory.
If you shoot below f6 and your lens has back or front focus it will show.
Unfortunately 5D has no live view, only MK2
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