How to get really sharp photos?

When a few years back I started shooting film again one of the first things that surprised me when using Photoshop to tidy up my film scanned photos was that I noticed there was very little to be had through sharpening. Unlike digital photos film is as sharp as a pin to begin with if you have good lenses.

Even with my Nikon D800 and the Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 (one of the sharpest lenses) you can still gain a huge amount through sharpening. Or also take a cheaper lens like the Samyang 14mm Ultra-Wide, apply some basic sharpening through Photoshop and your images can easily look just as sharp as the Nikkor 14-24mm.

If like me you put your work on social media like Facebook you will find that Facebook compresses your photos a lot. So with Facebook I will sharpen my images a little more when uploading to there and I find that works best.

So whats the best way to sharpen photos?

Theres actually a number of ways you can sharpen photos and as with pretty much everything you do within Photoshop theres always many ways to do that within Photoshop.

But the one which I tend to use the most and find produces the best results is Freaky Amazing Details. FAD, is one of the more complex ways but it’s well worth learning as does yield some great results. Check the video below to see how it’s done.

Sunset at Mow Cop castle Nikon D200

When my Nikon D800 died the 2nd time I was in Derbyshire taking photos along side a river with my camera on a tripod when a dog ran into my camera and knocked it into the river. The camera was submerged and ceased to work. Whilst the D800 was out of action I was using my backup camera a trusty older Nikon D200.

The Nikon D200 is a great camera and semi pro model as is weather sealed and shoots 9 set brackets which is quite unusual for that age camera. I would still recommend the D200 if your shooting on a budget as you can pick these up used for less then £150. Although a crop sensor it does benefit from an autofocus motor so you can use older lenses unlike the entry level model Nikons i.e. 3000 / 3100 / 3200. Great camera for the money.

Where the D200 lacks is its high ISO gets very grainy over 800 ISO and its battery life is very poor even though it has no live view.

This photo was taken at Mow Cop castle in Derbyshire using the Nikon D200 with the Samyang 14mm Lens at F11, ISO 100 and 7 brackets. With tweaks in Photoshop, Nik and Topaz.

Sunset at Mow Cop castle
Sunset at Mow Cop castle

The Horror Labs Belgium Urbex

Goin’ under, rats in the cellar, Goin’ under, skin’s turnin’ yellow..

The Horror Labs
The Horror Labs

From my first tour of Belgium a mooch around The Horror Labs. A very enjoyable explore and the weather was baking. One that I was looking forward to photographing as shots I’d seen of this place looked quite interesting.

All photos taken with the Nikon D800 and the Nikkor 18-35mm f3.5 lens.

The Horror Labs
The Horror Labs

An old abandoned veterinary school in Brussels which went unused when the school relocated and they left many pickled objects behind which now makes for some spooky and oddly creepy photos.

The Horror Labs
What lies ahead

Amongst the jars you will find pickled kittens, dogs, rats and pig heads. After decades of neglect, even the formaldehyde that preserves these parts of anatomy has yellowed with age.

The Horror Labs
The Horror Labs
The Horror Labs
The Horror Labs
The Horror Labs
The Horror Labs

Most Expensive Cameras in the World

Nikon D4S

Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective angle of view Nikon FX format
Effective pixels
Effective pixels 16.2 million
Image sensor
Image sensor 36.0 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)
Total pixels 16.6 million

Canon 1DX

18.1 MP full frame CMOS sensor
Up to 12fps plus 14fps High speed mode
100-51200 ISO, up to H:204800
61 point AF system
100,000 pixel RGB AE metering
Full HD 1080p EOS movie
Dual “DIGIC 5+” processors
Clear View II 8.11 cm (3.2”) 1,040k LCD
Ethernet port

Hasselblad Lunar

Pentax 645Z

Leica M240

Leica S Typ 007

Hasselblad H5D 50C

Phase One XF IQ3

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