11 common lens errors and how you can avoid them

    | Photography Tips | 05/06/2013 00:01am

    Common Lens Error No. 11: Soft images

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    This portrait suffers from eyes that just aren’t quite sharp

    If you are partial to scrutinising your images at 100% on a computer screen you’ll notice that the focus point in shots taken with the aperture wide open or closed right down isn’t as sharp as in those taken with a mid-range aperture.

    If you want to get the best from your lens its worth shooting a sequence of images of the same subject and focus distance at every aperture.

    Then examine the shots at 100% on-screen and find the shot in which the subject looks sharpest.

    Once you’ve found it check what aperture the image was taken at – this is the lenses optimum aperture.

    Common Lens Error No. 1: Blurred image
    Common Lens Error No. 2: Too much depth of field
    Common Lens Error No. 3: Depth of field too shallow
    Common Lens Error No. 4: Distorted portraits
    Common Lens Error No. 5: Converging verticals
    Common Lens Error No. 6: Can’t focus close enough
    Common Lens Error No. 7: Exposure changes when zooming
    Common Lens Error No. 8: Flare
    Common Lens Error No. 9: Camera unbalanced with telephoto lens
    Common Lens Error No. 10: Vignetting
    Common Lens Error No. 11: Soft images


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    Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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