Why image sharpness isn’t as important as you may think

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It's generally accepted as fact that image sharpness is important in photography. When looking at purchasing a new camera or lens, people spend a long time evaluating how sharp the images the camera / lens produces before deciding whether to purchase or not.

Photographers may gravitate towards fast lenses, or those with image stabilization, to help them get sharp shots in low light. And we have supports such as tripods and monopods, to help keep the camera steady for a sharp photo.

But I think sometimes we pay more attention to sharpness than we really need too. In this article I'll look at why sharpness isn't as important as some make it out to be.

Why image sharpness isn't as important as you may think

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April 12th, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Using a CSC or DSLR camera to make your photos stand out on social media

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With over a billion photos being shared every day on social media, it can be very difficult to have your photos stand out from the rest. With the vast majority of photos being taken on smartphones, one way you can help your photos vie for attention is by taking advantage of the abilities of a compact system camera or DSLR.

Now, using a CSC / DSLR to take your photos is no substitute for a creative, well composed, and beautifully lit image. Using a 'proper' camera rather than a phone doesn't suddenly give you a better image.

But there are some things a CSC / DSLR camera can do that a phone camera cannot. And by combining your creativity with the abilities of a CSC / DSLR you can achieve a strong image with features that help it stand out from amongst the smartphone images.

Using a CSC or DSLR camera to make your photos stand out on social media

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April 5th, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Lens Problems – Field Curvature

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If you've ever read a review for a lens, you'll probably have noticed how the review will show crops of an image of a test chart, comparing the resolution at the center of the image and the corners. And in most cases the corners are worse than the middle, sometimes considerably so.

For practical purposes, we can say that the corners of such a lens are soft. However, technically speaking the lens may actually have very sharp corners. The softness may be caused by field curvature.

Field curvature refers to when the plane of focus projected by a lens is not flat. This is the case for almost all lenses, though they differ in the amount and style of field curvature. In this article we'll look at it more in depth, and why in some cases it is not necessarily a bad thing.

Lens Problems - Field Curvature

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March 29th, 2015 at 9:52 am

Nimble / Minimalist Photography – Doing more with less

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In recent years there has been a move towards smaller, lighter cameras. Some photographers have moved to using these cameras from much larger and heavier DSLR cameras, and so termed this use of smaller / less equipment as Nimble Photography or Minimalist (as in terms of gear) Photography.

It's not just about a reduction in the amount of photography gear they use though, it's also about a change in workflow. Spending less time behind the computer, more time shooting, and getting pictures out much faster is part of the movement.

Nimble / Minimalist Photography - Doing more with less

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5 Points Many Photographers Overlook

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Photography can be quite technical, with so many different camera settings and compositional guidelines to remember. Of course, with practice and experience you get much better at learning these things and putting them into practice without even having to think about it.

In this post I want to look at five important things that many photographers overlook. Some are actually quite important, others are more about optimizing the image making process as much as possible. But all five tips are things that can help you make (or display) better images.

5 Points Many Photographers Overlook

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March 15th, 2015 at 10:37 am

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6 Simple Tips For Improving Your Color Photography

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Most photographers mainly work with color photography. Yet how often do you really think about color when composing an image? Color can be an important aspect in creating a strong composition. It can also lend a particular mood to an image. In this article we'll have a look at how you can use color to create strong images.

6 simple tips for improving your color photography

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March 8th, 2015 at 10:39 pm

Who needs fast glass when you have high ISO?

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I've seen a few comments from some photographers stating that with the good high ISO performance from current cameras, there's no need to spend money on fast glass anymore. (If you're wondering what fast glass means, it means lenses with a large maximum aperture like f/1.4 or f/2.8, you can read more here: What does Lens Speed mean?)

In this article I want to take a look at this argument, and see if there is any truth in the statement.

Who needs fast glass when you have high ISO?

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March 1st, 2015 at 3:14 pm

How to get a white or black background in your photo or video

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A plain white or black background can be very useful for both photography and video. It gives a very clean look, without any distractions to take the viewer's attention away from the subject.

A plain white background also works well where the intent is for the image or video to blend in with a web page or printed page that is also white. (The same for black, though white is a much more common background).

A plain background is often used for catalog style product photography. And it can also work well for portraits, still lifes, and studio-style nature photos. In this article we'll look at a few different ways you can create a clean white or black background for your images or videos (the technique is the same for both).

How to get a white or black background in your photo or video

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February 22nd, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Why use a lens hood?

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If you own an interchangeable lens camera, you probably will have noticed that a lot of lenses sold for these cameras come with a plastic lens hood included. And for those lenses that don't include a lens hood, there are a wide variety of aftermarket designs available that you can purchase to add to your lens.

In this article we'll look at the benefits of using a lens hood, the different types of hood available, and also some disadvantages of hoods.

Why use a lens hood?

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February 15th, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Can’t open RAW image files from your new camera?

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I've written before about the various advantages shooting RAW files with your camera has compared to shooting JPEGs. However, there is one big problem with RAW files that you are most likely to come across when you purchase a new camera.

This problem is that most camera manufacturers use a proprietary RAW format, and they change the file format with each new camera they release. This means that if your photo editing software is not up to date, then it won't be able to open the images as it doesn't understand the new format. In this article we'll look at this problem and how you can get round it.

Can't open RAW image files from your new camera?

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February 8th, 2015 at 3:13 pm