D5000 "In Camera" sharpening settings
I have not been real happy with some of the sharpness I am getting. I have the D5000 with the kit lenses (18-55mm and 55-200mm) and am using Nikon's free VNX2 for post processing until I can decide on a different PP program and get a better computer as mine is old and slow.
My in camera standard settings show sharpness automatically set at "3". Would I get better results raising this level higher or turing it off all together and just use PP sharpening in VNX2?
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#1. "RE: D5000 "In Camera" sharpening settings" | In response to Reply # 0Covey22 Charter MemberTue 12-Oct-10 04:11 PM
The only reason to enable sharpening in-camera is to limit your post-process workflow; it's part of an overall objective to get as much "right" in-camera assuming the image quality meets your publishing intent (web, small print, etc). Otherwise, turn it off and leave it to more specialized and effective tools on your PC. Sharpening is not a PC-intensive process unless your computer is well out of date (12+ years old). At that point, you're struggling just to run the basic post-process tools you need and render high mega-pixel photos, never mind specialized plug-ins like noise reduction and sharpening.
There are many entry-level photo editing packages out there that do a perfectly good job without breaking the bank. PhotoShop Elements is a popular one, but look around and experiment with timed evaluation copies if you can. Find one that you're comfortable with.
I prefer to turn sharpening down to low but I shoot NEF so this is something I can remedy or disable in post-process easily.
Sharpness as a general objective also has a lot to do with the aperture selected on the lenses you are using, and the shutter speeds at time of capture. Respect the 1/focal length rule and you'll be fine. Others subscribe to the 1/(focal length x 1.5) which compensates for the DX crop effect. Either way, you want to be in safe handholding speeds as much as possible, and speeds that will also freeze the subject motion if that is your intent. The lenses apertures will have sharpness benefits by stopping down - wide open at f5.6 on the long end will not be as sharp as f8 or f11 - it's just the nature of the lens design. Be conscious of this and consider whether you have a margin in the exposure triad to increase the shutter speed or stop-down the aperture to get a better photograph.