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04/06/2006 02:15:28 AM · #1
Okay, I seem to have developed this immense problem, and I dont know whether I am stupid or not, but it seems I have limited my 'like' for my own pics.

If I shoot a pic, and its not in focus or completely sharp at a 100%, I am immediately dissatisfied with the shot, even though it still looks fine when viewed normally.

Is this something I have to overcome, or should most shots be sharp at 100%?

I feel I am getting less and less shots out because of this...

:(
04/06/2006 03:12:13 AM · #2
bump
04/06/2006 03:13:15 AM · #3
50% of mine arent tack sharp at 100% but i still enter ;)
04/06/2006 03:15:46 AM · #4
At 100%, I'm disappointed with most of the pics I take with the kit lens... but I'm well happy with the 50mm prime!
04/06/2006 03:20:42 AM · #5
I'm not talking about entering only Rikki.

Personal Pictures as well.

So if you say 50% of all your pics is sharp, are you then still content with a shot which is not in focus at 100%?

I think Shutterstock also made me more critical in that they only chose pics which were extremely sharp at 100%...

<sigh> Am I doomed?

:(
04/06/2006 03:24:41 AM · #6
Have you printed them out to see how sharp or unsharp they actually are? Also how are you sharpening them?
04/06/2006 03:34:52 AM · #7
Yeah I have, and they look okay.

I use USM at about 85% most of the time... nothing too hectic.

But the thing is, I'm always scared to blow something up to A3 if it's not sharp at 100%.

So my actual question is... is it a bad photo if it's not sharp at 100%?
04/06/2006 03:42:48 AM · #8
Originally posted by Guyver:

So my actual question is... is it a bad photo if it's not sharp at 100%?


That depends on what the intended output is.

If your planning to hang 100% crops on the wall then it's a bad image.

If your planning a resized 640x640 image on dpc then it's probably OK.

cheers,
bazz.
04/06/2006 04:13:50 AM · #9
Might want to try a trial version of nik Sharpener Pro. I don't have any experience with it but Luminous Landscape seem to give it a good review and it's based on sharpening for print output.

Edited for clarity

Message edited by author 2006-04-06 04:14:53.
04/06/2006 04:16:17 AM · #10
Thanks Yanko, will have a look!
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