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What am I doing wrong ?



I have been out taking pictures with my E620 over the last few days but am not particularly happy with the results.

Hopefully, there will be a picture attached to this post. The image is an 8% crop (that is about 1024 by 768 pixels out of 4000 by 3000 pixels full image).

I find the focus seems 'out', or maybe the sharpness is not set right - whatever. Also the background looks to have an 'orange peel' effect, like a bad paint finish on a car.

Suggestions would be welcomed, as I know the camera can take cracking pictures from other images posted here in the past.

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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

Not posting a big enough picture for a start. Where is that hosted?

Some exif data would help too.
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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

Hi

Hard to tell at this size and without any EXIF. Could you load a larger image into the gallery.
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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

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Not posting a big enough picture for a start. Where is that hosted?

Some exif data would help too.
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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

Right, tried again. I now have the image in the post and in my Gallery.

Should have the exif data there also, but I haven't a clue how you view it on this forum or in the Gallery.

If it is not there, please shout and I can copy / past as a post.

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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

Hmm!Difficult to find anything too wrong with your settings,shutter speed is not particularly low,ISO is not over high and F8 should not show to much diffraction distortion.There is nothing in the forground to see if your front focused but I suspect your not.

What lens are you using and are all your shots like this?
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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

If this is a crop can we see the rest of the shot?

Did you shoot RAW or JPEG and what post processing has taken place?

We dont get much Exif to go on in the gallery though.
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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

Andy, I see from the exif that sharpness = 'soft' and high gain (whatever that is) = 'up'. Would these settings have any effect on my pictures ? Lens was Sigma 55 - 200 set to 200mm although I get similar results using the two smaller kit lenses - 14 / 42 and 17 / 45.

Alf, the image is straight from camera and is a jpg file. No processing has taken place although the image can be improved with unsharp mask and curves. I can post the full image to my gallery (as from camera) if you wish. Should I resize it or leave as jpg at full size ?

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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

David you will need to resize it.
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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

Alf. Yep, it was too big .... so I resized it to 1024 x 768 at 72dpi and uploaded it. It is in the gallery for viewing.

I have also uploaded a picture of the full exif data for the shot. Titles are straightforward.

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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

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considering its cropped from this I dont really see what wrong.






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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

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The original was bound to look a bit soft, as an OOC JPEG with sharpness set to soft and no additional sharpening in pp. Also Levels needed a slight tweak and it was lacking a bit in contrast.

The "orange peel" bacground is a bit of a puzzle; it could be the way the lens renders bokeh but I wouldn't have thought so. It shouldn't be noise at ISO 320, but do you have Auto Gradation set on your camera?

Otherwise, it may not have quite the same bite as other close-ups you see on here, but many are taken with a prime macro lens and once adjusted this is not bad at all.
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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

Try 200 or 400. If I remember correctly the camera does something to get the in between ISO settings.
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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

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Try 200 or 400. If I remember correctly the camera does something to get the in between ISO settings.
I read a very interesting article about ISO in Amateur Photographer. The sensitivity of the senor never changes the software just processes the image but getting the exposure right has more to do with noise for a given ISO than the ISO itself. Testing shows that the native ISO of the E-620 is actually 200 and I would recommend shooting at ISO 200 where possible as it gives a stop more dynamic range over ISO 100.
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Re: What am I doing wrong ?

Thanks for tips and encouragement so far.

I will try the following - set iso to 200, set sharpness to 'normal' or whatever and look at the auto gradation. Then take comparison pictures of similar subjects with the Sigma 55 - 200 and Zuiko 70 - 300(set to 200) on a reasonable day to keep shutter speed up.

I will be back (Arnie) and report my findings.

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