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Prologue

Here I share the fruit of many thousands of hours of photographic inquiry, gleaned from hard work and perseverance, failures and successes, and an absurd gathering of lenses and cameras.

I hope to save you at least a good portion of the considerable time and effort that I expended to produce this Guide.

My goal with this Guide is that your success with photography will grow in a myriad of ways, some perhaps not immediately obvious upon first reading of this Guide— certain things might “sink in” over time, in both technical and creative ways.

Shoot first, but also ask questions— there is always something to learn.

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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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