Help with wide angle lens with out of focus photos
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11-09-11, 10:22 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Sorry, you're earlier post said that you would be using the tripod, so I assumed that's what you had done. Nonetheless, the pic is not straight and that's very off-putting. You can still straighten it up by using the Rotate Image function in PS. I would suggest it needs about 5 degrees counterclockwise. Then crop to straighten up the edges.
On the sharpening front, digital images [U]always[U] need sharpening. The nature of the subject will dictate how much and you should always do this as the last bit of editing on your list. Personally, I can't stand this multi-point focus malarky and always use single point focus and adjust the location to suit my subject, or use manual focus. I understand that multi-point is good for high speed action, but I don't do any of that. I think the difficulty here is that the camera was unable to get a lock on the moving water and has settled for the distant background and thrown the foreground out. You need to decide what is important in the shot and arrange the focus point to give you the depth of field you want. A large aperture will give you a very restricted DoF, whilst a small one will give you a lot of latitude.
Try to do as much editing, including sharpening in ACR as possible. There are one or two things which are easier as JPEG images, but the more you can do in RAW the better.
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