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<blockquote><HR size='1' color='#dedfdf'> Depending on your camera settings, it may be very difficult to determine if a photo is sharp SOOC. If you have no sharpening set in your camera, the image will always seem a little soft SOOC. <HR size='1' color='#dedfdf'></blockquote>
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Thank you for this information! I went back to my manual and, lo and behold, I now know how to sharpen my images in camera if I want to. They also definitely look better after a quick unsharp mask in PSE, but at least now I've got the option.
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I think I'm beginning to realize that many of the fantastic images I see have at least some post-processing done to them. I've been scratching my head, trying to get them to look that good SOOC! <img border='0' src='/images/icons/grin.gif'>

P.S. - I actually really like what she is wearing - it brings out the color in her eyes.

If you run autocontrast in Photoshop on them, they will seem immediately sharper. Your images SOOC is very low contrast, and contrast definitely makes things seem sharper.
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I can tell when things are out of focus SOOC, but I can't determine how truly sharp they are until I apply sharpening in PS. Depending on your camera settings, it may be very difficult to determine if a photo is sharp SOOC. If you have no sharpening set in your camera, the image will always seem a little soft SOOC. Some people's photos are very sharp SOOC, but this is because they have sharpening set in their camera, so even though the image is SOOC, it has already been sharpened in-camera.

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Project - Trying for a sharp image ...
by MergeLeft
posted 12/16/07 at 05:43 PM
Galleries: Photography

These are SOOC except for cropping. I'm working to get a good sharp image and nice skin tones. Ignore what she's wearing!

These were all taken about 30 minutes before sunset with my flash (Speedlight SB400). I was about 10 feet away on all of these, zoomed in at 75mm, aperture 2.8. The shutter speeds were 1/80, 1/100 and 1/125 respectively. White balance set to flash mode.

Would love to know if these seem “sharp.” The first two look a bit soft to me, but not objectionably so. I'm also not sure about skin tones. DD is very pale, that's accurate - it's hard not to blow out her little face a lot of the time - but does she look a little blue? I played with all the WB modes and this one seemed the most accurate for her skin tone.


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