WOW! It’s Memorial Day Weekend…my kids are close to being out of school and Summer is here! AMAZING! How does time fly by so quickly? I’ve been flooded lately with tons of emails and questions from you…and I thought I better do a blog post to get as many of them answered as possible. So here we go?
Your photos are always crystal clear and sharp is there a lens that works better to produce perfect focus & sharpness? Also, would love to know how you prepare images for print vs. web. In terms of post processing- do you do anything differently? Thank you for your time! Thank you for your question. So I primarily use an 85L lens …it’s on my camera about 90% of the time! I love this lens because of the aperture…it offers wonderful bokeh and I really do think that it helps with the sharpness of my images. I also think that there are a few other things that I focus on in order to get very sharp images!
- Shoot in RAW: Shooting in RAW mode allows you to save every bit of detail that the camera captured, and it gives you the ability to look at all of the camera’s settings, and change them after the fact. If you captured an image in raw mode you can go back a year, even five years later, and change your decisions on a variety of camera settings. This means that you are able to get the most out of your lens and camera and if you have a lens that is super sharp, then shooting RAW will help maximize that. (Now I don’t always shoot RAW) but it does help
- Focal Points: Use them. The center focal point is the strongest one, and I would aim it at the corner of the eye. My personal view that is if the eyes are sharp, then the rest doesn’t matter as much.
- DOF (depth of field): This is very important when shooting more than one subject. If you have a 5 member family you dont want to shoot 1.2 or even 2. So if you have 5 people I would shoot at a 5 or 7 depending on your light. Shooting “wide open” will mean that less of your composition will be in focus.
- Fixed/Prime Lens are Sharper: This means that if you really want sharp images, you need to use a prime and not a zoom. (I know that there are photogs who get super sharp images with zooms)
- ISO matters: The higher the ISO the more noise you will have which will affect the sharpness…and ISO deals also with lighting, it’s really important to make sure that your subjects are properly lit..it will make a HUGE difference in your image
- Keep images at the size you’ve shot in…meaning don’t crop too much. That always has an affect on the sharpness.
- Brighten and Contrast: Using this tool will help create a sharper feel to your images
- Always sharpen for web: I always do this, I use an action from Paint the Moon she has several for web and facebook. This will make a huge difference in the way your images appears on the web which is where your clients and future clients are viewing your work.
- High Pass Filter: I use an high pass filter in PS to sharpen my image overall! Keep posted and there may be a quick tutorial on this in the near future!