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How do I get sharper, in-focus pictures? Want to learn!

km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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"RE: How do I get sharper, in-focus pictures? Want to learn!"

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Tue 14-May-13 01:07 PM

Other than the fine suggestions and requests for sample images there is another issue that we can or might not be able to help with.
Your expectations. What is not sharp, compared to what? Is anything sharp in the frame, how large are you printing and at what resolution?
But the number one cause of initial D800 owner frustration is viewing files on a computer monitor at 100% or 200-400%. If you are pixel peeping, or cropping extensively....don't. The image when blown up on the screen is looking at a great deal more magnification than you are used to with "normal" cameras. The image at native resolution is BIG, like walking up to a billboard and noticing dots that make up the photo.

There is a place and time for pixel peeping but not in general photography, it only generates anxiety unless it is kept in mind how greatly that screen magnification is and how little it has to do with perceived sharpness. It is hard to resist the temptation however to turn a shot from a distance into a macro just to marvel at the detail captured, but try to resist by viewing at normal viewing magnifications and distances.

If in doubt of focusing, you have an excellent built-in reference by the name of LiveView. LiveView uses the sensor itself as the focusing system detector. It is more accurate and consistent than the Phase Detection AF system used with the optical viewfinder. Take the same shot in both VF regular Phase Detection AF and then LiveView and if there is a big difference, the camera may be in need of adjustment, the lens fine tuning is needed or the lens itself needs attention. If the sharpness is similar, than the cause of dissatisfaction more likely due to being on the early rungs of the ladder of learning about this great but unforgiving camera.
Good luck .....and post some photos you think should have been sharper.

Stan
St Petersburg Russia

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