I wrote this article with the intention to put togheter all my knowledge and all the tips I know to get better sharp pictures while using a reflex camera.
I have written this article in form of a personal diary, to remind myself everything i learned in the past years
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I am Moyan Brenn an over 10 years experienced artist photographer and travel blogger since 2005, all this just for fun. In my real life in fact i’m just an IT Security consultant.
Thanks to my effort to produce good results, my pictures have been appreciated and used by famous names like Adobe, Lonely Planet, CNN, Alitalia, Huffington Post and more, and also on more than 10000 websites, based on the google stats i have gathered, of which i own the entire list.
My gallery has received more than 50 millions of views and I have won an international photography award called “Global Encounters” organized published by the World Photography Organization in 2014. I have been also elected as “photographer of the month” by the magazine of Lonely Planet in September 2013.
Since 2005, I have undertaken a long path to better understand my camera equipment, to reach a good level in both quality and sharpness, and to solve all the issues that i have found day by day
My article is divided into short paragraphs, each one talking about a specific issue which I encountered during my experience causing a “blurry result”.
Please note that THE ARTICLE IS MORE “NIKON” BASED. This is because I own a Nikon D7000 with which I am very happy, therefore I usually talk in a Nikon language…..
RECOGNIZE THE LIMITATIONS OF THE AUTOFOCUS ON REFLEX
In the past I was too much confident about the capability of autofocus system on reflex cameras. Instead, today I believe it’s one of the most limited features.
Personally, I believe the very first step to do is to recognize the 2 different autofocus systems available and their aspects.
They are called Phase Detect (PDAF), and Contrast Detect (CDAF).
Following are some Pros and Cons aspects i learned
- Phase detect (PDAF): autofocus system used when i focus through the viewfinder.
- incredibly faster
- better dark focus capability
- less accurate
- susceptible to uncalibrated lenses and bodies
- susceptible to artificial lights by causing back focus or front focus
- susceptible to light glares and counterlight
- Contrast Detect (CDAF): autofocus system used when i turn on the LCD display to focus
- very accurate
- no problem with artificial lights
- a bit more reliable in counterlight/light glares situations
- slower than PDAF (except in some cameras, especially compact cameras or micro 4/3)
- struggles while focusing in low light
NOTE: as per today (June 2014) Canon has released some brand new reflex cameras like the 70D where even the screen autofocus seems to use the Phase Detect, although it seems integrated with the sensor instead of being separated, a property which should make it more reliable.
THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ACCURACY TEST BEFORE USING NEW REFLEX BODY OR NEW LENSES
For technical reasons i don’t want to explain to not complicate my writing, I’ve found from some tests that the Phase Detect is more sensitive to lenses misalignment, and lenses misalignment looks not so much as a rare thing. Infact, maybe because I am an unlucky guy, I have already bought 2 misaligned lenses (officially recognized as misaligned by the Nikon support when I brought them to assistance)
I’ve found that the problem is exacerbated whenever I use a wide aperture which creates deep blur effect, commonly referred to as bokeh, due to the very limited amount of depth of field, which probably makes any error more evident. In turn, if I shoot a landscape at f.11 or f.13, with a wider depth of field, I couldn’t notice the problem, although that doesn’t mean my lens is properly calibrated, but just that I have unconsciously masqueraded the misalignment
It is also important for me to remake the test everytime I buy a new body or a new lens, or in case my equipment should fall on the ground
The market presents some tools to do it more professionally. However, since sometimes I’m low in budget, I prefer to do it for myself with one of the methods explained below
HOW I MAKE THE AUTOFOCUS ACCURACY AND CALIBRATION TEST:
There are several ways to make it. I’m listing my favourite ones below
NOTE: For me there’s no need to do this test with CDAF, which presents a greater accuracy. It seems like it doesn’t suffer in anyway from lens misalignments
FIRST CHOICE: THE OFFICIAL NIKON INSTRUCTIONS
I can decide to follow the official instructions by Nikon reported at the link below which include all the steps to do both the accuracy and the eventual calibration test with the AF-Tune.
I suppose the same applies also to other brands, but obviously, there could be some differences in the camera controls and settings names
SECOND CHOICE: BRING THE EQUIPMENT TO THE ASSISTANCE CENTER
If someone is not confident, it could be an option to refer to an assistance center. When i brought my lens to the Nikon centre to check for misalignment they made a test with their professional equipment.
AN ALTERNATIVE “AF TUNE BASED” METHOD TO CALIBRATE MY CAMERA: THE “DOT TUNE TEST”
As an alternative to previous options, i’ve found on the web a method called DOT-TUNE, which more or less, requires the user to find the edge values in the AF-TUNE on both positive and negative ranges (AF TUNE is a scale from -15 to +15), among which the PDAF is still capable to focus and to produce the “beep” sound by showing the green confirmation dot. Once these edges are found, an average number value must be choosen, and that will be the calibration value.
Let’s say that I move the AF TUNE back and forth and find that my camera produces a beep only from -8 to +1. Well, the perfect value to calibrate my lens should be around -4
Here is a link to a post on the Fred Miranda website related to this test:
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THE AF TUNE FUNCTION
NOTE 1: from my reads AF TUNE seems to be a delicate function. It has some limitations too. The first one is to not exaggerate. Values greater than -7 or +7 can be excessive by even making the autofocus unable to make the “beep”
NOTE 2: AFTUNE allows to only set one value per lens. Therefore, when I find that the level of misalignment is different along the focal lenght of a specific lens, I don’t know any solution yet (although I found that some expensive cameras allow to set specific values for specific focal lenghts like the Nikon D4).
For example, when I find that at 18mm the misalignment is acceptable, let’s say around -1, while at 105 there is a -6 misalignment, it seems that I can only put -3 as a “middle way” by accepting the compromise. Anyway, bringing the lens to assistance center and ask for help it’s the best thing to do in my opinion
NOTE 3: for my experience, the test is valid only if made under the sun light. As also confirmed by a Nikon engineer with whom I have personally spoken, it seems that artificial lights tend to fool the Phase Detect, and back or front focus issues in this case should be considered normal. If Nikon told me this, I can only believe it, and reality seems to perfectly confirm it. From my test, i have found that PDAF it’s very problematic especially under very warm light with wide aperture lenses, like the case of using a 35mm f1.8 under the lights of a city in the evening or under that of a desk lamp. If during sun light i just need a -2 calibration on this lens, in the night or with the light of a desk lamp I need to push the AF TUNE to -7 because the back focus becomes stronger. No problem anyway, when the night comes, i enter the menu and change the AF TUNE value from -2 to -7…that’s it.
For cameras not having the AF TUNE capability, I have also found a forum where a guy reported an improvement of the issue by putting a coloured Hoya filter in front of the lens to change the light temperature. By doing that, he got less back focus. The topic of this guy is HERE
As a last option, I can still bring the lens to assistance and ask for help, although I have the impression that they can only make a “one time” calibration to match an average value between sun and artificial light, by using as a reference the pictures with the back focus that i show them
NOTE 4: Nikon recommends to use the AFTUNE as less as possible. This is an extract from the official D7000 manual
“AF tuning is not recommended in most situations and may interfere with normal focus”
NOTE 5: when I buy a lens, I always try to ask for a test directly at the shop with my camera body, so that before giving away my money, I can check if the lens is good or not for me. If I buy the lens online instead, sometimes it is possible to keep the product for some days, during which it can be sent back. The same is valid when I decide to buy a used lens. I ask to the owner if he allows me to make the test on the fly before giving him my money
NOTE 6: as already stated, for me a calibration is valid only for a pair of lens and body, and it should be repeated after changing a component
A FURTHER LENS MISALIGNMENT ISSUE: UNBALANCED CORNER SOFTNESS
For the same reasons behind the lens misalignment, sometimes i’ve found different and unbalanced blurness level along the 4 corners
HOW I CHECK FOR IT
I usually like to do the following:
- put a newspaper perfectly perpendicular in front of my camera
- mount the camera on a tripod
- take multiple CDAF focused pictures with different aperture values
- repeat the test at different focal lenghts
Now I check the pictures on my monitor at 100% of the size and compare the 4 corners to see if they are equally sharp or not
Should I find any incongruence, I can decide to live with it or to contact my assistance.
As a workaround, I could use a greater numeric aperture value like f.11, which, thanks to its greater depth of field can masquerade a little bit the defect, except if i need more light in dark conditions
FULL ORIGINAL SAMPLE IMAGE:
SIMULATION OF THE PROBLEM:
THE UPPER LEFT AND BOTTOM LEFT CORNER RESULT MORE BLURRED THAN THE OTHERS
FURTHER PROBLEMS I HAD WITH THE REFLEX AUTOFOCUS SYSTEM
Apart from misalignments, i’ve found also other problems to consider
USE THE AUTOFOCUS SINGLE POINT MODE
In the viewfinder there are several points available which can be manually selected with the cursor or automatically managed by the camera itself. In particular the latter option is terribly misleading. Infact, the camera is not intelligent enough to understand which is the subject of my pictures, and often, it happened that the background was in focus, and that my subject, a human for example, was blurry (the same didn’t happen by focusing with the “face detect” function through the CDAF”
So, for me it’s good to check the camera manual and learn how to activate the Single Point Mode. After enabling this function, this is how i usually proceed:
- ensure that a specific point on the viewfinder is selected. In my case it is the center point
- aim the point to the subject i want
- half press the button. I will hear a beep as a confirmation that the camera has correctly focused
- keep the button pressed
- i compose my picture as i like more
- now i shoot by deeply pressing the button
In conclusion, although my subject is on one side of the camera while i have selected the center point, using this technique I’m 100% sure of the result
DISABLING CONTINUOUS AF MODE IF IT’S NOT NEEDED
The autofocus, in case of fast moving subject, allows me to select a special mode by which, when I keep the button half pressed, instead of producing the confirmation beep, it continuously focus on it. However, when I have accidentally enabled this function, i got out of focus pictures, because I was unable to apply the technique explained in the previous paragraph
It’s good to check the manual to understand how to disable the continuous AF mode, except if one needs it for fast moving subject, which is a different situation and beyond the scope of this article.
I PROTECT THE LENS WITH MY HAND WHILE FOCUSING IN COUNTERLIGHT
The autofocus PDAF, (as personally suggested me by the same Nikon engineer I talked above) like a real human eye, can get dazzled when i take pictures in counterlight, by producing out of focus results.
I’ve found that using the lens hood included in the package to reduce “flare” is not enough in most cases. Instead, i’ve found and applied a trick which is working very well, because after many tests the percentage of back/front focused pictures in counterlight dropped down dramatically.
Here are the detailed steps of the trick to shoot in counterlight with the viewfinder (PDAF):
- ensure to select Autofocus Single Point
- put a hand in front of the lens as one would do with his eyes while looking at the horizon, by leaving uncovered just the center point of the viewfinder used to focus (don’t touch the lens with fingers anyway)
- find a nicely contrasted subject to focus on.
- Now half press the button to focus and keep it pressed all the time
- Only now leave the hand from the lens to clear the view from it (still keep the button half pressed)
- Now compose the picture as I like more (still keep the button half pressed)
NOTE: another trick could be to turn around, find a subject, half press the autofocus, then turn back again in counterlight and shoot. By I personally don’t like it. I prefer this technique, since my tests were very positive
FOCUS ON REPETITIVE PATTERNS OR OBJECT AND SURFACES WITH STRONG LIGHT GLARE
Objects with strong reflections, repetitive patterns and texturized surfaces should be avoided. They make the autofocus prone to errors, as also officially confirmed by Nikon on their website autofocus FAQs (link to the FAQs below)
Some examples are:
- Flowers fields
- Buildings with very close glass windows in sequence
- Tree Foliage
- light reflecting in puddles
- light reflecting in cars bodies
To solve the problem I ensure to follow one of these tips:
- focus on subjects without strong reflections
- focus on a different subject which is outside my composition but still at the same distance of my subject before shooting
- use the manual focus function through the LCD and zoom button
- try to reduce the margin of error by using a narrow aperture like f.11 which increases the depth of field and partially masquerades the problem
This is a link by Nikon where it officially explains this:
FOCUS ON HIGH CONTRAST OBJECTS ON THE SAME PLAIN
I find useful to focus on a subject with contrasted elements. Focusing on smooth color surfaces, on the water, tree foliage, flowers field, and in general on confused subjects without clear contrasted elements usually brings me to bad results.
The same is true if I choose a point composed by 2 areas at a different distance, like for example, the edge of a table with a distant background.
These tips are also explained in the Nikon FAQs here Nikon Tips on using Autofocus
Concluding, a nice subject to focus on is one with 2 contrasted colors which areas of contrast are on the same plain
EXAMPLE: the eyes of a human are a typical good example of this. Black in the middle, white around, and on the same plain
In the following pictures, green squares are example of points where i focus, red squares points to avoid for the reasons explained above
USE THE LCD LIVE VIEW WHEN POSSIBLE
In case I’m taking a very important shot which includes a static and relaxed subject, like in the case of a mountain landscape or a human posing for me, I usually prefer to rely on the Contrast Detect, more reliable and precise than Phase Detect.
I personally believe that using the Live View (or CDAF), is not only a question of taste and comfort, but also of reliability.
RECALIBRATE THE PDAF UNDER ARTIFICIAL LIGHT
It doesn’t matter if my camera takes perfect pictures under sun light. When I take pictures under artificial light with the viewfinder, there is a very high risk of back focus or front focus, no matters what lens or Nikon body i used. I’ve found this issue to be common on multiple products
I have received confirmation of this issue by the Nikon itself, through an engineer with whom i talked. He told me that the Phase Detect (viewfinder) is by default calibrated with a neutral light similar to that of the sun, therefore any different light can’t guarantee the same amount precision
I have personally found 4 possible options to face this issue:
1) Use the Contrast Detect (CDAF): this autofocus method is not affected by this issue and helps me very much, although slower than PDAF on my reflex.
2) Recalibrate the lens with the AF-Tune: let’s say that I’m taking pictures during day in a city and everything is fine. Then in the night I want to take pictures of street lights. I should recalibrate the lens before doing it because they differ from the sun. I usually take a couple of test shots and calibrate the lens, then I start to shoot. Very easy after all. When I go back under sun light, I need to not forget to reset the AF-Tune again
3) Ask to assistance for a recalibration: If my camera doesn’t have the AF-Tune capability I can still ask to the assistance to do that, although it seems to me that they can only do it “one time for all lights”, reason why for me it’s good to have the AF-Tune on board of the camera
4) Use a coloured lens filter: this trick can help in case of a camera without the AF-Tune. I have read of a test made by a guy at this link. Basically he has found that by putting a Hoya coloured filter in front of the lens to counter balance the artificial light, it got good results without back focus issues. It looks interesting.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I’ve found that this issue is more evident with larger apertures like f2.8 or f2.0 in general, (and also with narrow aperture in macro photography), due to the smaller depth of field which emphasizes any lackness of precision of the autofocus
HOW I CHOOSE MY CORRECT EXPOSURE SPEED TO AVOID BLURNESS
Choosing the right exposure speed for me is foundamental
NOTE: choosing the right exposure for fast subjects is beyond the scope of this article. Here i talk about the blurness produced by the handshaking
Some times ago I found and tested the following trick. I consider it quite reliable since most of the times i always get sharp shots at 100% of size
- Rule: While using aperture priority mode, when I select a focal lenght, I keep the exposure speed in a range of values which is double the focal lenght, by playing with ISO and aperture in a gradual manner (considering that by playing with ISO i can cause more noise, while by playing with aperture i can cause a reduction of the depth of field)
- Example: using aperture priority mode, if I use a 50mm focal lenght, I ensure that the speed will be at least 1/100, or even greater by playing with ISO aperture. If I use 70mm, I ensure the speed will be 1/150 or greater (more or less)
By applying this technique I have an advantage. I know when I really need or not a tripod, instead of mounting it all the times.
WHAT I DO IF NEED A SLOWER SPEED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT LIGHT
If the light is very low and i can’t respect the rule above, i usually like to proceed as follow:
If I’m still able to keep the exposure in a range of values equal to or half of the focal lenght (Es: 50mm, speed in the range of 1/25 or 1/50) i do the following:
- be extremely steady
- turn on the stabilizer
- hold my breath while shooting
- carefully check every single picture i take
If I’m unable to do this, and the speed is even smaller than the half of the focal lenght (Es: 50mm, speed less than 1/25, like 1/10, 1/5 and so on), I follow these points:
- use a tripod with stabilizer turned off
- put my arms on a windowsill or a table while shooting
USE THE EXPOSURE DELAY OPTION
In addition to the previous paragraph, in many situations, when the speed becomes very low apart from the focal lenght used, the internal mirror of the camera, that thing that makes the “clak” sound, seems to produce some vibrations.
To avoid this, in case after checking pictures there is some strange blurness, there is a simple trick, to activate the “Nikon exposure delay mode”
What it does is to rise up the mirror, wait a longer instant, and than take the shot to avoid the vibrations. Anyway, this trick is not the best when one needs to be faster, and i usually use it on my 16-85mm VR when i reach a speed below 1/30. Furtherly, from some tests i’ve found that on the 55-200 VR it is useful to enable it below 1/80 (anyway further tests needed to confirm this)
TURN THE STABILIZER OFF IF THE EXPOSURE SPEED IS ENOUGH HIGH
The issue i’m writing here has born from a statement to which I stupidly believed in the past:
“the lens stabilizer is a great thing. Why should i turn it off? it can always help me. Just leave it on all the time”
The stabilizer, at least on my camera and my lenses, when the exposure speed is enough high, tends to blur my pictures.
I’ve found that if the speed of the exposure is enough high to take a handheld picture respect to the focal lenght used, if I still keep the stabilizer turned on, it will make my pictures blurred. At least, this happened to me with different VR Nikon lenses like the 55-200VR and the 16-85VR, on bodies like D90 and D7000 (it could happen also on other bodies and other lenses, but I personally don’t know)
I suppose that the stabilizer is something that is continuously moving to be prepared to compensate for my handshake. However, if I’m steady almost like a tripod, its compensation movements become counterproductive
In particular, there is a precise range of speed at which it happened to me, which is the range between 1/80 and 1/300 depending by the lens and the focal lenght used to take the shot
My workaround: to solve this problem, i’ve learned to consider the rule of thumb to calculate the exposure explained in the previous paragraph. So, if the speed is 2 times the focal lenght used (50mm, let’s say 1/100), i keep the stabilizer off. Otherwise, when the speed drops down to a value equal or smaller than the focal lenght (50mm, let’s say 1/40), then i turn it on again
Following are 4 handhelded images, 2 with VR turned on at exposure speed of 1/160 and 1/100, and the same 2 with VR turned off.
As shown, the 2 handhelded shots with VR turned off, strangely, are better
STABILIZER OFF (NIKON VR) WITH EXPOSURE SPEED OF 1/160: GOOD RESULT (100% CROP)
STABILIZER OFF (NIKON VR) WITH EXPOSURE SPEED OF 1/100: GOOD RESULT (100% CROP)
STABILIZER ON (NIKON VR) WITH EXPOSURE SPEED OF 1/160: BAD RESULT (100% CROP)
STABILIZER ON (NIKON VR) WITH EXPOSURE SPEED OF 1/100: BAD RESULT (100% CROP)
IMPORTANT NOTE: this explanation is valid for steady shots on a steady ground. However, when I am in critical shaking situations like in a moving car, or in a moving train for example, or in general in situations where it’s easy for me to shake very much my hands, i tend to keep the stabilizer on all the time
Further reading: Thom Hogan in his article, talks about, more or less, the same thing, pointing out as well what i have said. This is his initial statement on his article:
TURN THE STABILIZER OFF ON TRIPOD
This is the second situation where, for the same logic of the previous paragraph, I always keep the stabilizer turned off.
Again, the stabilizer with a camera on a tripod produces a countereffect by generating a bad blurness, because it continuously oscillates to prepare to compensate the human handshake, a movement which will never happen, because the camera is on the tripod, not in one’s hands. This will make the stabilizer counterproductive
FOCUSING IN DARK LANDSCAPES
Sometimes if the subject is enough close to me i can use the onboard function which, in case of Nikon, is called “Built-in AF Illuminator assistant”
However, what can I do in case of a more distant subject? My options are the following:
- If I am with a friend, I can ask him to get closer to the subject I want and to turn on his mobile LCD to focus on it
- Ensure to use the Live View with maximum aperture while focusing and only after closing aperture for shooting. This sounds a little bit weird. In fact some cameras, like the D7000, present a problem. When you shoot with phase detect, the maximum aperture is used for focusing. Then, when one presses the shoot button, the camera closes the aperture to the value set by the photographer and takes the picture. This is made to allow the autofocus sensor to take advantage of the maximum light it can apart from the value set by the photographer
However, this won’t happen with Live View, at least on the D7000. In fact, by setting f11 for example and switching to Live View, the camera will use this value for both taking picture and for the autofocus too, by strongly reducing the night autofocus capability. Due to this reason, while shooting in low light with the display, it’s important to firstly set f5.6 while being in Phase Detect mode, only after switch to Live View, make the autofocus, put manual focus mode, and only after set the f11 to take the picture. This is the only workaround i have found to allow the LCD to use the maximum aperture while taking an f11 picture like a landscape
- As an alternative, I know of people using the trick of “infinity” symbol on their lens, but I don’t feel confident with it and I tend to avoid it
CHOOSE THE RIGHT APERTURE TO AVOID UNDESIRED BLURNESS AND DIFFRACTION IN LANDSCAPE SHOTS
The aperture is a value which determines the amount of light entering inside the sensor, and the depth of field. So, by choosing the wrong aperture, part of the composition could result too much blurred out
Following is a great link from Cabridge In Colour with a lesson about all the concepts related to the Depth of Field and Circle of Confusion:
The aperture is a scale ranging, depending by the lens properties, from f1.4 to f.36. The higher the number, the greater the depth of field
For this reason, the logic seems to be: if I want a sharp shot with enough depth of field, I only need to increase the aperture number as much as possible, because the higher the value, the higher the depth of field
It’s partially wrong
Often there’s a second blurness problem related to the aperture, known as “diffraction”
Basically if one exaggerates with the aperture number in the hope of increasing at maximum the depth of field, by narrowing too much the lens hole, something bad happens. Explained in very basic and generic terms, the hole which allows the light to enter inside the lens becomes so narrow that the light starts to rebounce instead of flowing inside, by interfering with the final result, and by producing a reduced amount of sharpness level
You can furtherly check this link from Cambridge In Colour for a better explanation about the diffraction phenomenon:
SO, WHAT’S THE CORRECT APERTURE VALUE TO CHOOSE FOR A NICE LANDSCAPE?
More or less, from what I have seen on www.slrgear.com which provides the sharpness diagrams of most lenses in relation with their apertures, a good reliable and very generic value, representing a nice compromise between depth of field and diffraction, in my opinion, with most of the kit lenses out there, seems to be around f.11 (more or less)
After that, starting from f.13/16, diffraction seems to come out in a gradual manner.
Of course in the case of macro photography the approach could be different. In fact the depth of field becomes so narrow that I find acceptable to use higher apertures. Infact, values like f8 or f11 could produce almost a non existant depth of field in this case and using values like f22 can become the only option
At the link below it is possible to use an online tool by Cambridge In Colour with which it can be precisely calculated the depth of field for a specific set of parameters, including the subject distance and other interesting influencing factors
THE TRICK OF HYPERFOCAL DISTANCE
Based on some readings, it seems that there is a perfect distance by which, focusing on it, I can get a even greater depth of field by maintaining the same aperture value
Therefore, deciding to focus on something which is 3 meters away from the camera, or 50 meters, in a landscape shot seems to really make the difference
Instead of providing further explanations, here is another very interesting link always from Cambridge in Colour, where this phenomenon is nicely explained
CLEANING MY EQUIPMENT
I still find lot of photographers with their lenses completely dirty and full of fingerprints, especially those using a compact camera or a phone camera.
This, of course, is a great reason for getting some blurness
The same is true for the camera body. Sometimes the sensor requires some cleaning too.
In general, cleaning a camera and its lenses can be risky. If one doesn’t feel confident, it is always possible to bring the entire equipment to an assistance center
ONE LAST POINT: THE BAD STORIES ABOUT THE D7000/D7100 AUTOFOCUS PROBLEMS
Some times ago I’ve read bad stories about the autofocus of the D7000. Altough many stories looked real, day by day i started to think that it was only a user fault, and i’m quite confident that a great part of these people blaming this model could solve their issues by simply following some tips like those i described here, especially those related to the VR stabilizer in handheld shots and the back focus under artificial light
If someone wants to ask me for help to solve his Nikon autofocus issues, I keep myself at disposition
It required me some times to learn all these things, and I spent tons of hours in testing and testing.
However, this effort brought me to a great result. Today whenever i make some “pixel peeping” through my pictures at 100% of zoom on the screen to check hedge to hedge sharpness, i easily get happy of what i see
With this article, I have tried to put togheter all the mistakes and problems I have faced and solved day by day, although as said above, this is still NOT any sort of professional guide, but only a personal article talking about the result of my personal experience
Thanks for reading!
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