This is my submission for XDrive Photo Lesson 5 – Sharpness. (All photos were taken with Nikon D750.)
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
— Ansel Adams
It’s easy for him to say that, isn’t it? I’m sitting here thinking… do I even have a fuzzy concept?
But, I don’t really have time to worry about concept now. I am still working on taking sharp photos. If you have followed my blog for a while, I am sure you would remember me crying for help several times. Some of you had offered your advice, and I had taken everyone’s suggestion to heart. I also read articles, and watched YouTube videos. I am doing better now.
Thinking back, I have made several changes in taking sharper photos: (1) I hold my camera differently. (2) I switched to back button focusing. (Actually, even though back-button works pretty good, DOF preview button works even better for me 😉 (3) I am using tripod more often now. And I am glad to say that my photos are sharper now. 😉
Raj taught a wonderful lesson on Sharpness. What I like the most of his lesson is that he gave a lot of examples, and I am one of those who would learn better if I see examples. (Thanks, Raj.)
About the milk drop photo… it was shooting at f7.1, 1/1000 sec., ISO 3200, Focal length 85.
I used cornstarch to thicken the milk so it would be easier for me to control the drops. The milk was too thick on my first try; it didn’t flow well. I had to add some water to make it work. It could be sharper, and, maybe, I should try to focus on the drop… I don’t know. I like it, and want to share it with you.
Question: Does focal length has any effect on DOF? I thought at F7.1, both the coffee cup and milk drop would be sharp, but it didn’t happen that way. I have seen two bird photos shooting with same F-stop, but one had blurring leaves next to the bird, and the other not, which I haven’t figured out why.
This morning, I asked my neighbor’s daughter if she could be my model so I could have a couple of photos to submit for this lesson. 😉 We had a lot of fun.
Photo 1 – f / 5.3; 1/400 sec.; ISO-200; Focal Length 100.
Photo 2 – f/5; 1/50 sec.; ISO-320; Focal Length 85.
More questions (of course):
How sharp is enough? Is it necessary to zoom in 100% to check sharpness all the time? Is it possible that sharpness for street photos is not as critical?
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