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

RWSTARRETT

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

RWSTARRETT Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Feb 2009
Wed 22-May-13 07:41 PM

You stimulated a great thread! Everybody has focus issues at times and the wonderful resolution of your D800, I think, magnifies small errors.
I personally have used over several years a small, inexpensive plug-in for LR and/or Photoshop called Focus Magic. You can download and try it for free here: www.focusmagic.com

I don't see that anybody mentioned this in the thread. Focus Magic is considerably easier to use than unsharp mask and I have come to rely on it in my general workflow. It has two flavors built in. The first is designed to improve out-of-focus issues due to your lens/technique. The second flavor has, as far as I am aware, no other competition because it allows one to improve focus issues caused by motion blur. I frequently photograph birds, and if I inadvertently use too slow a shutter speed, Focus Magic sometimes can bail me out.

I would second (or third) the auto-iso advice. Especially for wildlife, it's much better to deal with a little noise than to completely miss a shot!

Good luck and Good Shooting.

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