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  1. #1
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    I am not getting crisp and sharp images

    I am not getting crisp and sharp images
    Hello, I m having a nightmare with my nikon d5100. I m not much happy with the results i got from the camera no matter of how many times I try. Following are the exif details
    1. Exposure Time = 1/160"
    2. F Number = F5.6
    3. Exposure Program = Aperture priority
    4. ISO Speed Ratings = 800
    5. Exposure Bias Value = +0.33EV
    6. Max Aperture Value = F5.66
    7. Metering Mode = CenterWeightedAverage
    8. Light Source = unknown
    9. Flash = Off
    10. Focal Length = 55mm
    11. Lens = AF-S 18mm-55mm VR kit lens

    Another image
    1. Exposure Time = 1/125"
    2. F Number = F5.6
    3. Exposure Program = Manual
    4. ISO Speed Ratings = 100
    5. Exposure Bias Value = +0.33EV
    6. Max Aperture Value = F5.66
    7. Metering Mode = CenterWeightedAverage
    8. Light Source = Fine Weather
    9. Flash = Off
    10. Focal Length = 55mm
    11. Lens = AF-S 18mm-55mm VR kit lens

    Any sort of guidance is appreciated Thanks Sabin


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    Last edited by Watsmyname; 03-31-2014 at 07:47 PM.



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    Re: I am not getting crisp and sharp images

    Are you shooting JPG? If so, go into your menus and go into the Shooting Menu (Camera Icon). From there go to "Set Picture Control". Click right into the sub-menu. Choose whatever setting you use (Normal, Landscape, etc.) and click right again. Drop down to the "Sharpness" setting and set it to +7. Be sure to press "OK" to save the adjustment. If you shoot using the "Landscape" or "Vivid" settings in the Picture Control menu, you'll need to adjust the Sharpness setting there too. I'd suggest you adjust them all at the same time, just to cover all your bases.

    This one adjustment should make a big difference in the sharpness of your shots.

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    Re: I am not getting crisp and sharp images

    Are you shooting in JPEG or NEF?
    Are you doing any post processing?

    If you are shooting in JPEG make sure you are shooting in Fine/Large
    Also if JPEG you need to adjust the sharpening in the camera. Making Adjustments with Picture Controls on a Nikon DSLR - For Dummies

    This is the biggest problem that most people have when starting out shooting. This is covered in your manual also.
    Next possible problem is that depending on what lens you are using you may be a little close.
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  4. #4
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    Re: I am not getting crisp and sharp images

    Thanks guys, Initially I was shooting in JPG/ FINE and large. Out of my disappointment I tried with RAW type (.nef) image, with this too the result was more or less similar. And as i have posted in original post, I m using AF-S 18mm-55mm VR kit lens. And I m not doing any post processing
    Last edited by Watsmyname; 03-31-2014 at 07:32 PM.

  5. #5
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    Re: I am not getting crisp and sharp images

    Quote Originally Posted by Watsmyname View Post
    Thanks guys, Initially I was shooting in JPG/ FINE and large. Out of my disappointment I tried with RAW type (.nef) image, with this too the result was more or less similar. And as i have posted in original post, I m using AF-S 18mm-55mm VR kit lens. And I m not doing any post processing
    If you shoot NEF (RAW) it will absolutely require at least some post processing. In-Camera settings do not affect RAW files, only JPEG.

    You did not specify exactly what type of photos you were taking. Do you have some examples?

    You said you are using a VR lens, correct? Are you using the VR mode On or Off? If you have it "On" turn it "Off". You only need VR on that lens if you are shooting handheld in low light conditions and slow shutter speed.
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    Re: I am not getting crisp and sharp images

    Quote Originally Posted by Watsmyname View Post
    Thanks guys, Initially I was shooting in JPG/ FINE and large. Out of my disappointment I tried with RAW type (.nef) image, with this too the result was more or less similar. And as i have posted in original post, I m using AF-S 18mm-55mm VR kit lens. And I m not doing any post processing
    Make the adjustment to the Sharpness setting, shoot some JPG's (Large), and see what you think.

    As Mike D90 points out, turn off the VR option if you have it enabled.

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  7. #7
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    Re: I am not getting crisp and sharp images

    Maybe it's just my eyes but it appears that the leaf behind the flower is in tight focus while the flower is less so. Perhaps it would be a good idea your lens to see if it's back focusing a bit. If so, you can send the camera and lens to Nikon and they'll properly tune it.

    This is perhaps the easiest procedure for determining if your camera/lens combo is back or front focusing.

    Jeffrey Friedl's Blog Jeffrey?s Autofocus Test Chart
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  8. #8
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    Re: I am not getting crisp and sharp images

    Thanks guys, Its almost 1 am in the morning, I will try with suggested settings and come up with the results. Thanks a lot!

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    Re: I am not getting crisp and sharp images

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_W View Post
    Maybe it's just my eyes but it appears that the leaf behind the flower is in tight focus while the flower is less so. Perhaps it would be a good idea your lens to see if it's back focusing a bit. If so, you can send the camera and lens to Nikon and they'll properly tune it.

    This is perhaps the easiest procedure for determining if your camera/lens combo is back or front focusing.

    Jeffrey Friedl's Blog Jeffrey?s Autofocus Test Chart
    @Dave_W What image are you looking at? I don't see one.
    D90
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    Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 "D"
    Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm VR ED IF f/4.5 - 5.6
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  10. #10
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    Re: I am not getting crisp and sharp images

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike D90 View Post
    @Dave_W What image are you looking at? I don't see one.
    The very first post. If you are not seeing here is the link
    http://www.sabinchhetri.com.np/DSC_0044.JPG
    http://www.sabinchhetri.com.np/DSC_0071.JPG
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