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    Question tack sharp images - help needed to save sanity.

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    Those of you who are active on here know that I am yearning to take tack sharp images.

    This is what I have to work with.
    Canon 5D, Canon 40D
    some off brand memory cards (will fill in brand name when i get home)
    Canon L series lenses - prime 85mm f/1.2; zoom 70-200mm f/2.8 IS; zoom 70-200mm f/2.8; 10-?mm f/3.5? wide angle
    Canon 50mm f/1.8
    canon 70-300? f 4.5
    canon 2x580II flash heads + sensor thingie for remote wireless flash
    tripod

    (I am terrible at remembering what i have.)

    Psp X2
    Picasa
    PS Cs3

    books, books, books, did i mention books on all of the above minus the lenses.
    scott kelby training videos (4 of those puppies) titles?

    any way -

    the point is, i read, read, read, but am not getting the results i want.
    i want to pp like Ed- my new bff, and have tack sharp output like Michael.

    I am not asking too much am i????

    any one who may want to make and upload training videos to link from here to youtube - PLEASE, PLEASE do!!!!

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    Sharpness isn't something that happens in post; sharpness is captured in the original image. You've definitely got the gear, no question, so if you're not getting sharp images, it's either a fault with the gear (Unlikely IMO) or an issue with technique. Can you post one or two of yours which you feel aren't sharp enough for viewing?

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    Yes... you definitely have the gear...

    If you are mostly shooting soft the problem is either -

    1. Your hand holding technique

    2. Your selection of aperture/shutter/iso

    3. Your focal selection

    and if your still shooting jpeg then also -

    4. Your in camera sharpness settings are too passive

    Post some examples with exif if you really want if pinned down..
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    My instinct is shutter speed and how you are holding the camera.
    BOTH make a monster difference.

    I've said this several times but in my experience I was able to shoot slower on film. I find that 1/60 is often too slow for shots I had no trouble with with film.

    I'd recommend experimenting with faster shutter speeds to see if it helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomorrowstreasures View Post
    ...This is what I have to work with.
    Canon 5D, Canon 40D
    some off brand memory cards (will fill in brand name when i get home)
    Canon L series lenses - prime 85mm f/1.2; zoom 70-200mm f/2.8 IS; zoom 70-200mm f/2.8; 10-?mm f/3.5? wide angle
    Canon 50mm f/1.8
    canon 70-300? f 4.5
    canon 2x580II flash heads + sensor thingie for remote wireless flash
    tripod...
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    ok. so it IS me - THAT is a a huge relief!!!! i would MUCH rather it be my fault than the gear!!! with the amount i have invested in equipment, i was terrified that i went the wrong direction. i will upload some images here in a bit to see if they can be pp to clean them up.... at which point, maybe a few more hints?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomorrowstreasures View Post
    ok. so it IS me - THAT is a a huge relief!!!! i would MUCH rather it be my fault than the gear!!! with the amount i have invested in equipment, i was terrified that i went the wrong direction. i will upload some images here in a bit to see if they can be pp to clean them up.... at which point, maybe a few more hints?
    You are not alone! I'm glad you asked this question!!! Can't wait to see how this thread progresses because it will be great info to me!!!

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    how do i do that >>>>> Post some examples with exif if you really want if pinned down

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomorrowstreasures View Post
    how do i do that >>>>> Post some examples with exif if you really want if pinned down
    Best thing would be to post a couple of hi-res examples (full resolution images) on say PhotoBucket or Flickr and just post the links here. That way we can look at them in detail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kat View Post
    You are not alone! I'm glad you asked this question!!! Can't wait to see how this thread progresses because it will be great info to me!!!
    I was also going to raise a question about this. It's really one of the things that I want to try to achieve this year in my photography. Tack sharp images.

    I don't have the gear that tomorrowtreasures has (just jealous...really I am ) but I think my gear is good enought to make the issue - me.

    One question I have right now is, I use auto focus completely. Is that part of my problem? I do try to be selective about the autofocus points.

    Not trying to steal your thread tomorrowtreasures - I think you've hit on a issue dear to the heart of many of us.

    thanks

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