Kodiak Red Fox Kit Vulpes, vulpes, Renard Kodiak Island, Alaska, USA. Image Copyright ©Christopher Dodds Canon EOS 1DMKIV, 500mm F4 L IS, Tripod & Wimberley Head II. ISO 1600, F4 @ 1/250s Manual Mode. Full Frame. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A PRINT or LICENSE IMAGE FOR PUBLICATION.
Is it sharp enough?
I've got to say it; an image is either sharp or soft, there is no in-between, no compromise and no faking it. If you know it's not razor sharp, you are only kidding yourself by trying to fake it. While it is true that an "almost sharp" image can be tweaked in Photoshop to look good at web size, the truth is always revealed when someone wants a big print. There may be more to it than simply good technique; have you calibrated your camera?
I first told you about the LensAlign focus calibration tool in Nature Photography Blog back in August, 2010. Michael Tapes is at it again, he recently sent me the LensAlign MKII. The new and improved knock-down design, lower price and proven consistency from the True Parallel Alignment Sighting System™ are well worth the upgrade, but the most compelling reason for my excitement is the new ruler patterns; it is now much easier to decide where the sharpest part of the ruler is. Truly a must have for any serious photographer, The LensAlign MKII is the key to making consistently sharp images.
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