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Sometimes even the best make mistakes. What is important though is that we learn from them.

The other weekend, I was at a friends wedding and taking photos for fun. What was not fun was editing those photos; they were mostly blurry or not sharp. *note, i'm very picky about what is a good photo** What is usually my normal ratio of 1 in 5 (1 in 5 are good, use-able photos to share/upload) was over 1 in 25. It was like when I started photography 7 years ago. I of course took some really good photos, but the ratio bothered me and I checked online what I did wrong and found out that I forgot 3 important rules for sharpness:

1. Having a fast shutter speed, specifically longer than your lens length
- I was using a 90mm and only using 1/60 shutter speed. In normal situations 1/60 is an acceptable speed to freeze motion, and (b/c I wasn't 'seriously' taking photos that night) didn't bring my flash for dark, indoor photography
+ it would have been better to use atleast 1/90 or faster to increase sharpness

2. Do Not shoot wide open. //This has always been hard for me to explain but:// basically your f-stop.. don't use really small numbers like 1.4, 1.8, 2.#
- I was using f1.8.. once again, no flash, so to avoid underexposure, used that. Problem with that is that f1.8 leaves an extremely small margin for error.. the best photos always have pinpoint sharpness/focus on the eyes of the subject (unless doing something artsy)
+ there is an apparent 'sweet spot' of sharpness on each lens
+ I would recommend around f5.6+
note: shooting at f1.4, 1.8 etc can result in desirable blurring of the background, just if your other setting aren't correct, more than just your background will be blurred/not sharp

3. Use low ISO
- with low(ish) shutter speed and shooting wide open, I had to have rather high (1600) ISO
- I've read on some sites that adding grain to the BACKGROUND can increase sharpness.. but I don't imagine grain on your subject contributes to that
- I've never liked the way photos looked at high iso anyways, altho I've found, the newer/better the camera (I've gone from D200 to D300s to D750), the better higher iso pictures look
+ (obviously) it would be better to have a maximum iso at 400.. preferably as low as possible

Honestly, in the future, if I intend on using my camera indoors, I'll be using a flash, which can resolve all three. It'll provide the brightness to allow a quick shutter speed (1/200, 1/250), a low iso (200-400). I would still use a high f stop number, unless I was doing model photography/no movement.



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honeybunnydrop Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconllamasniffplz: Thanks for the llama :iconllamajumpplz:
Midnitez-REMIX Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Jonathan,

Coming this August the 16th is :icontoronto:'s biggest and best DevMEET of the summer and we hope you can attend! We will be heading to Centre Island to hang out, check out the petting zoo, going out to eat and exploring the island. It's an all ages meet; come by yourself or with a friend if you like, everyone is welcome!

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If you can make it then please RSVP so we know you are coming. Even if you will be there a bit later than when it starts that's okay too but we still need you to RSVP. So again, hope to see you there! :D (Big Grin)

tatehemlock Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for the faves!
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
thank you for the watch!
RadActPhoto Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
twistedtippy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
cool fanexpo photos! I'm sad I missed it this year (and probably will next year). Was there any major drama this year? Fires? Arrests? People getting cut?
rkphotog Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Photographer
i didn't see/hear of any drama this year.. my friends and I went 30 minutes before it opened on sunday and there were still over 100 people infront of us. Pretty crazy.
it was really fun; i gotta bring different camera lens next time and a bag to hold prints tho!
robb-nelson Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Sorry for the late reply, thanks for the fave!
TheEternalSpectator Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Hi Jonathan,
Thank you so much for the :+fav: :D
JodieDaisy22 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Thanks for the Fav
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