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The Secret to Ultra-Sharp Photos

The Secret to Ultra-Sharp Photos
The following post on The Secrets to Ultra-Sharp Photos is by San Francisco based photographer Jim M. Goldstein. Learn more about him at the end of this post. As previously noted the best photo tip I ever received had to do with sharpness and up until the time in which I received this tip I had little understanding of how to consistently get sharp photos. I’ll never forget when I was a teenager I borrowed my mothers film SLR and ventured out into Yosemite valley while on a family vacation to photograph flowers, the landscape, etc. A couple weeks later when I got the film back almost all my photos were out of focus. Whether you’re using film or digital cameras the optics of lenses hasn’t changed as optics are all about math and physics. “When the lens is focused on the hyperfocal distance, the depth of field extends from half the hyperfocal distance to infinity.” – Photography, Phil Davis, 1972. where H is hyperfocal distance f is focal length N is f-number c is the circle of confusion limit

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