More sharp, less noise.

LONG STORY SHORT!

So you want sharpen images without noise with a good quality like a PRO. Okay, let's go.

© Maxsp

1st - Accept the limitations of your camera, it means you need as much light as cheaper your camera and lens are.

2nd - Reduce ISO? As much as you don't let the image shake. Use at least the double of the angle range. (Ex. 200mm/400 of a second speed, if this keeps the image dark, higher the ISO, if it makes noise the only solution is put more light or just accept this limitation). It's difficult that Dreamstime accept a noise image but it is impossible they accept a shake one.

NOW THE GOODIES

3rd - Kit lenses are limitated, buy a 70-200mm

4th - If you have a 70-200mm try shoot same thing at 135mm and at 200mm and you will see that 135mm is FAR more sharp. (Accept that)

5th - If your images have too noise even this way, think about buy a new one that have less noise.

6th - Single Focus is the best option if you want make it sharper.

7th - I know everyone want to use wide aperture to lower the ISO, BUT, BUUUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTT wide aperture make it blurry and not sharp at all and it's better have some noise than out of focus. If you want it really sharp, use f8 aperture or more.

8th - As long as you use wide aperture (like 2.8 or 1.8) make the focus manually, there is no secret, make focus is a hard art and you must to training it.

9th - Every lens got it's point of sharpness, make an experiment and find this point on your lenses.

10 - You can use wide aperture (like f5 or even less) if you take wide angle shots, but as much you zoom, as much you will notice blurry while you have wide aperture.

11 - Buy a DSLR camera is the first step on photography world, buy a 70-200mm is the second step and buy a 28-70mm is the third step. I am not here to promote any brand, but Sigma is a "cheaper" way that I recommend as a budget.

12 - See the prices of the compatible lenses before buy your camera.

13 - Lenses make more difference than camera.

14 - I use a cropped sensor camera (D5200) but a Full Frame is better.

NOW THE SECRET OF THE PROS

15 - Shoot ALWAYS IN RAW

16 - When open your photos on Camera Raw, make changes, see how it works, especially details and sharpening. You can work on shadows and brightness infinite better than work on a JPG photo. (Use it but don't abuse it)

17 - Use Adobe Photoshop with the glory full version plugin Nik Software (This will change your life)

18 - Try frame your images at the time of take the picture and avoid make big crops digitally because as much you crop as much you approach the artifacts. If you use your full image it will always looks much better. (Framing is an art, you must practice it). Take wide shots to crop later is not what we expect from a photographer, instead if you are a silly paparazzi that point and shoot.

19 - Love your refused images when you upload to Dreamstime, this is the best school, because when they accept your image you don't learn anything, but when they refuse you can read what was wrong and then is when you really learn. See that as a free photography course.

20 - Be productive, take a lot of photos, photograph as a crazy. Photography of any live stuff (from a model to a tree) is 20% of lucky. If you take just one and this one is not good so you waste your time, you increase your probabilities of take a good photo if you take more and more. Buy an external HD just for storage your photos and trust on you.

21 - NEVER, I REPEAT, NEVER keep photography secrets. Those who teach learn twice. Share your knowledge, don't be a pathetic that want to learn and don't teach. Teach for free, spread what you find. This is how the best photographers builded they career. You can see on internet that the best photographers do that.

22 - Always enjoy photography, because if you don't, people will see that reflected in your work.

Well girls and guys, those were my advices. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Do you have more to complement? Share with us your comments.

Yours,

Max.

Photo credits: Maxwell De Araujo Rodrigues.

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February 09, 2014

Maxsp

Hi Mkcs :) Thanks

February 08, 2014

Mkcs

have benefited me greatly~~~thanks~

February 07, 2014

Maxsp

Thanks Jianbinglee. Never ever!

February 07, 2014

Jianbinglee

"NEVER keep photography secrets." It is right. I agreed.

February 07, 2014

Maxsp

Hi swedish Shinagawa :)
thanks for reading and coment!

February 07, 2014

Shinagawa

Thanks for sharing your advices and experienses with us.

January 28, 2014

Maxsp

Martingraf, 22 added :) Totaly agree with that.
Thanks for reading and comment.. The idea of blog is not counting how much I know, or have a fanboy fight, but share my perception to those who are struggling with the camera and have no more than basic information because real skilled photographers don't share advanced tips.
Of course my knowledge are not complete or the best for everyone's style, but it's something that can help many.
I had listen things like: "You should not share some information, people must learn by themselves no matter if this took 20 years from them, because it's not fair to those who took this for learning"
Well.. i found this a lot of stupid... And some people try to teach wrong too, because many photographers try to make possible to don´t have other people photographing, they have no self confidence AT ALL. I belive that as much other people know, as much I will know and I don´t need take others down to feel a few higher and it really annoys me when some people get angry to me because I share like some did, and above all when people try to teach wrong to make other waste they time. Like the guy here that count that he got experience since 70's, that he is full of knowledge, that he got time to come, raad, comment on a negative way, but never wrote an article for others on all his life long.. and I went to see his portfolio and like you said must be someone who hate photography because his photos have not the magical feeling of photography.
Well.. I apreciate that you read and write back :)
If you find things that would worth to share, come and share with us, not because you will earn something but because it's nice to share and see people happy with that.
Bye :)

Max.

January 28, 2014

Martingraf

well a few people before me appreciated your work - a few didn't - I do understand both positions - there are a few things I wouldn't agree at all but if there is one thing I would have loved to know a few years back, then it would be point 15 - I didn't use RAW for a long time and with that wasted so much potential - so I might also have to consider point 17 then, because at this stage I'm only using the RAW tools from Canon. Regarding point 19 I nearly agree ;) at least your refused images should get less over the time because if not it might mean you are not learning anything.. point 22 should be - always enjoy photography, because if you don't - people will see that reflected in your work. Thanks mate!

January 26, 2014

Promicrostockraw

Maxsp, Good choice my friend. I checked http://www.pixel-peeper.com/lenses/?lens=248&p=2 and it looks great lens for portraits and other work. I wish you best of luck and I would also investigate further if this lens is in affordable range.

January 26, 2014

Maxsp

Promicrostockraw.. That's how I took photos for over 10 years.. but the difference I got with my 70-200mm f2.8 and the 50mm 1.8 are incredible. Check this photo on my FB.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=223581841142736&set=a.107772806056974.17600.100004727644876&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-ash3%2Ft1%2F1004992_223581841142736_2119526570_n.jpg&size=700%2C700
I take photos of portraits and some close-ups with the 70-200, I just don't use that when I want wide angle pratically. But it's personal. I buy this lens (Sigma) used for a half price.

January 26, 2014

Promicrostockraw

Maxsp, I use Nikon D3200, 18-105 VR Lens and 50mm 1.8D (Manual lens) + Very cheap hoya closup filter kit. Closeup kit helps you to get closere to your subject and you can fill entire frame with the small things. So, that gets better. I use very cheap tabletop CFL lamps for lighting. I like to experiment, Recently I worked on cheap alternative of light meter and colorchecker. My samsung tablet helps me a lot on both , light meter and colorchecker.

January 26, 2014

Maxsp

Promicrostockraw, pretty interesting your style. I had done that and I do sometimes but I didn't got sharp images this way. But I will continue investigating.
I learned higher the ISO after years of resistence and it result in more accepted images from Dreamstime. What camera and lenses exact do you use?

January 26, 2014

Promicrostockraw

For 70-200, it may be a field lens, But for serious tabletop 50mm is considered the lens. If you can afford, buy a macro. It all depends on what type of work you are doing. But what ever you do , keep a light meter and color checker with you always. I never go beyound ISO 100 and always keep around 50mm with F/8. I also have very cheap closeup kits. That saves money when shooting something from a very narrow range.

January 23, 2014

Maxsp

:)

January 21, 2014

220volt

thanks

January 16, 2014

Maxsp

I am f* happy to know it had been useful for you :)
Thanks a lot for read and comment.
And yeah, Sharing is caring :)
See you!

January 15, 2014

Ksenianz

Great advice! I achieved much better results myself after I realised what my camera was (or was not) capable of. I absolutely agree with you, RAW is key, as well as shooting in Manual mode. I think the tip that I liked best from you was tip 21. Sharing is caring :)
Thanks

January 13, 2014

Maxsp

Hi Tempestz :)
thanks for reading and comment!

January 13, 2014

Tempestz

Great advice and much appreciated.

January 13, 2014

Maxsp

Thanks Edosaodaro. Actualy I did that because many tutorials and interviews with proffessionals talks only about too basic thinigs to very starters, but not for those who are photographing for 10 years and don´t know yet how to improve that. Obviously I let many things behind and I would like people come (on a constructive way of course) to complement with more ideas and sharing they expriment.
One important thing that made me take more sharpen images was to find the best range on my lenses and accept to higher the ISO instead just open the apperture.
But I think there must be much more yet (befor just buy a Mark III camera).
I hope people continue spreading they ideas with us :)
Thanks for reading and reply.

January 13, 2014

Edosaodaro

Good effort Max!

I think some of the comments (e.g., Tacrafts') do complement your effort though, as I do think some of the points you raise are not entirely accurate.
Thanks for sharing though - and intiating dialogue, which directly supports your point #21...

:O)

January 11, 2014

Lyudmila15

Thanks!

January 11, 2014

Maxsp

Nice you like it Viocara :)

January 10, 2014

Viocara

Thank you!Useful!

January 10, 2014

Maxsp

Brocko, beer for us all :D

January 10, 2014

Brocko

I love nr. 19... useful things, thanks for sharing
I'll go now and practice, BUT first i'll drink a beer

January 08, 2014

Maxsp

Hi Tacrafts, you don't need to ask for sorry :) The intention here is to discuss and spread what each one knows according to our perspective. My point of view some of you said is a real lesson from the PRO, but for other side I wish to discuss some points.

Before of all, one question, if you are so experienced, if you have a so long career and you have time to write all that, why do you never wrote an article sharing your knowledge here in Dreamstime? I think you must have many good things to tell people, not just to to read and disagree. I like critics for my articles but I apreciate those who write articles too, above all from those who claim to have a long experience.

Well, here are my coments about your coments. (sorry for my bad english, I am doing my best on this idiom)

2 - Definately yes, I forgot to say about tripod that is an effective rule, my rule is only for pictures took without that resources, but VR/IS dont make miracles, it just help and took take much of battery.
3 - I didn't said to use 70-200 only and trew all other lenses on the trash.
4 - Disagree from you, I made test with 3 brands of lenses and they yes have differences in sharpeness depending on the angle. I did it because I had read about it in many places but before write I made the experiment.
5 - Definately disagree, if you have a lens without a wide apperture you must to high your ISO and then you have noise. Praticaly speaking.
6 - Disagree too, because if you use many points of foccus you can foccus on the wrong places. I read about it and made experiments too, but it's obvious, if you use continuous focuss it will keep making changes too, different to the single when you can point, check and then shoot.
7 - I read about it and made the experiment. I recomend people experiment that because it's an obvious thing too, as much you wide the apperture as much you can see difference to the foccal point and if you are wrong for 1cm you can blury the wrong place.
8 - Disagree as well, above all when one are taking macro shoots or when people use apperture like 1.8. Anyone who try use automatic foccus doing that will waste a lot of shoots.
9 - No, all the lenses have this effect, That's why they sell fixed range and they explain that on the official website of each brand.
10 - Same answer as 9 too.
11 - I said Sigma is goos as a budget, not that Sigma is the best option. But sure is by far better than the kit lenses, or not? And about to be ready to pay for that is what I said about next step.
12 - You said the same I said. Lenses are more important that's why one must check the prices of the compatible lenses before buy the body.
13 - So you agree with me too.
14 - Please, tell us exactly when a croped gives more quality than a full frame?
15 - SHOOT ALWAYS IN RAW! Never tell people who got DSLR to make it different!
17 - Why not recomend people the best option? I am here to tell people what's the best with the best plugin for them, not to tell people...

January 08, 2014

Tacrafts

Novices beware, while much of what Maxsp is right, I can not agree with all of it.
1-yes
2-no, tripod? Monopod? VR/IS? Studio strobes? Too simplistic rule
3-no, 70-200 only if shoot distant subjects, no use for architecture and of limited use in a small studio
4- just wrong, buy a quality 70-200 and try again, focal length only affects quality with cheap kit
5-no, noise is a function of the camera/light not the lens
6-no, only if your subject is rock solid static.
7-no, wide aperture limits depth of field, it does not make a picture blurry, wide aperture and selective focus is a very effective tool in stock photography, learn to use your kit creatively
8-no, modern auto focus is very effective, use the centre point if necessary. Manual focus requires a special focusing screen which is not fitted to most DSLRs, check the screens in old manual focus film cameras.
9-only on cheap lens does this make a significant difference, professional lenses from Nikon/ Canon/ Sony are very good throughout their range.
10-answer as 9 above
11-no, all depends on what you are shooting, Sigma are cheaper for a reason, check out the used market and ask yourself why folk are prepared to pay more for main brand kit?
12-lenses are more important than body for quality of image.
13-answer as 12 above
14-not always true, crop cameras produce very high quality pictures
15-if it suit your work flow and time is on your side
16-yes
17-Full Photoshop is nice but far from necessary, elements or paint shop pro do a very good job, plenty good enough for basic photography processing.
18-yes
19-yes
20-no, take plenty yes, but before you take the picture think about what you are seeing in the view finder, if you cannot see a picture that you know is going to make you $$$ then don't take it! take lots but try to make every picture a quality one
21-yes, I have just done so

Sorry not to agree with all your post Maxsp, but they are just a few words from an old man who has been taking picture since the 1970's

All the best
T

January 07, 2014

Maxsp

Thanks for the complement @Spat78
I am still learning all that, but after learned some basis I decided write this article because I know that many people are making a lot of efforts on many ways and I think it should be interesting that people knew how to make a sharp image because it's what they want when they buy a DSLR. But many buy it and keep shooting like point and shoot and get a few disapointed. I think that they can improve a lot if they follow some instructions like this one you said now.

January 07, 2014

Spat78

Indeed, beware of too small aperture like F18 or worse F22, or the DIFFRACTION will occur lowering your overall sharpness. Around F8-F11you will always find your sharper pictures, depending on the lens.

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