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I can never seem to get sharp/crisp portraits...Advice?

 
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Jan 02, 2011 16:46 |  #1

Maybe it has to do with the lens I own (the only one)? It is a Tamron 18-250mm f/ 3.5-6.3. Incorrect aperture setting? I bought this camera used (a 40D), and I just noticed last week that the image quality was set to M instead of L, so all of these were shot on M (I have since set it to L, and I might change that and set it to RAW).

Im open for any advice you can offer on how to get sharper images.

This is by far the sharpest picture I have of a person:


IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5187242152_c6c981169a_b.jpg
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Hide your daughters... (external link) by Friedrich Neeeetzche (external link), on Flickr

Here are some others (i will post them large so the detail can be seen):


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Baby Einstein. (external link) by Friedrich Neeeetzche (external link), on Flickr

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BrothersFromDifferentM​others (external link) by Friedrich Neeeetzche (external link), on Flickr

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Richest Nation in the World (external link) by Friedrich Neeeetzche (external link), on Flickr


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Siblings (external link) by Friedrich Neeeetzche (external link), on Flickr


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Hipster-Slacker (external link) by Friedrich Neeeetzche (external link), on Flickr

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Alison Green, and red, and yellow, and grey.. (external link) by Friedrich Neeeetzche (external link), on Flickr

Note: These have all been sharpened during PP. The original image is much worse.



  
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Jan 02, 2011 17:20 |  #2

I would suggest digging up the exif information for at least one or two of the images. I am sure the pros that can help will ask for it as it's the vital signs of a portrait.


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Jan 02, 2011 17:23 |  #3

cbknight wrote in post #11559705 (external link)
I would suggest digging up the exif information for at least one or two of the images. I am sure the pros that can help will ask for it as it's the vital signs of a portrait.

Do you know where I get this info?




  
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Jan 02, 2011 17:26 |  #4

cbknight wrote in post #11559705 (external link)
I would suggest digging up the exif information for at least one or two of the images. I am sure the pros that can help will ask for it as it's the vital signs of a portrait.

The exif data is there if you click on the pic and go to Flickr. I checked a couple and saw shutter speeds of 1/30 on one and 1/125 on a couple. That's as far as I got - maybe try a faster shutter speed and some post processing to adjust levels. I think that'll help sharpen things up and enhance the colours.


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Jan 02, 2011 17:37 |  #5

MindlessConsumer wrote in post #11559713 (external link)
Do you know where I get this info?

open up a picture on your flickr site and look on the right, where it says this picture was taken by a Canon .... and click on that, it will show you all the exif info unless you hve this disabled.


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Jan 02, 2011 19:02 as a reply to  @ soonerjh's post |  #6

what lens were you using on them for example the couples shot? i see 18mm @ f4




  
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Jan 02, 2011 19:06 |  #7

MindlessConsumer wrote in post #11559574 (external link)
It is a Tamron 18-250mm f/ 3.5-6.3.

This one




  
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Jan 02, 2011 19:07 |  #8

do you use a single focus point or are more than one selected?


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Jan 02, 2011 19:09 |  #9

L will make a big difference. RAW is what I use but know that it won't appear sharp straight out of the camera, you have to post-process RAW pics. Also, that 18-250 is a superzoom, which shines in versatility but may not be the sharpest lens out there. There is always a trade off and the trade for zoom range is always sharpness.


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Jan 02, 2011 19:12 |  #10

I suggest a prime lens for potraits...


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Jan 02, 2011 19:12 |  #11

Skrim17 wrote in post #11560265 (external link)
do you use a single focus point or are more than one selected?

The camera is set to single. I actually have been trying to figure out how to change this.....




  
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Jan 02, 2011 19:15 |  #12

what mode are you shooting?


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Jan 02, 2011 19:17 as a reply to  @ MindlessConsumer's post |  #13

Try to use more light, in some of them you ISO is high so you wont have as much detail in your photos. Also try using a tripod for slow shutter speeds, and keep the focus point near the face




  
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Jan 02, 2011 19:17 |  #14

With a used camera I would reset it to factory default settings and move on from there.


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Jan 02, 2011 19:22 |  #15

MindlessConsumer wrote in post #11560256 (external link)
This one

sorry i should have read your initial post :oops:




  
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