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Planning for Sharp Images

Professionals don’t choose just any system; they choose equipment they can trust to deliver the results they must produce, and they invest considerable time and effort in understanding how to use that equipment.

Just about any camera can make a great image in the hands of the skilled. But the right equipment used well can not only be more pleasurable to use, but deliver a higher “keeper rate”. And the right lens can really make a solid image “sing”, and, quite simply, be more enjoyable to use.

Whether your goal is large prints, the sheer visual pleasure of “voyeuristic” resolution for its own sake, or perhaps for velvety smooth backgrounds, planning your system ahead of time can save you money, and provide great satisfaction.

Keep your eye on the ball

Don’t get caught up in the “Nikon vs Canon” brand debate. Both are terrific in many ways, and there is constant evolution in features and image quality (pixels, dynamic range, color, etc).

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Diglloyd Making Sharp Images articulates years of best practices and how-to, painstakingly learned over a decade of camera and lens evaluation.

Save yourself those years of trial and error by jump-starting your photographic technical execution when making the image. The best lens or camera is handicapped if the photographer fails to master perfect shot discipline. High-resolution digital cameras are unforgiving of errors, at least if one wants the best possible results.

  • Eases into photographic challenges with an introductory section.
  • Covers aspects of digital sensor technology that relate to getting the best image quality.
  • Technique section discusses every aspect of making a sharp image handheld or on a tripod.
  • Depth of field and how to bypass depth of field limitations via focus stacking.
  • Optical aberrations: what they are, what they look like, and what to do about them.
  • MTF, field curvature, focus shift: insight into the limitations of lab tests and why imaging performance is far more complex than it appears.
  • Optical aberrations: what they are, what they look like, and what to do about them.
  • How to test a lens for a “bad sample”.

Intrigued? See Focusing Zeiss DSLR Lenses For Peak Performance, PART ONE: The Challenges, or (one topic of many) field curvature.

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