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What did I do wrong?

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image.jpgStill portrait of my son. Using my canon 80d with my canon 50mm lens. Golden hour and settings were 180 / 4.0 /250 and my image is blurry when blown up.

Shutter speed to slow?

Help!

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Re: What did I do wrong?

We'd have to see it to even venture an intelligent guess. It makes a big difference, for example, whether all or part of the picture is blurry. How much you tried to blow it up also matters, obviously.

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Re: What did I do wrong?

What was the size of the image? Were you shooting "L" or RAW?

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Re: What did I do wrong?

I added the pic to the original post. 

 

Thanks!

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Re: What did I do wrong?

Looks like it focused on the tree since it was closer. If you open the pic in DPP it will tell you where the focus points were.

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Re: What did I do wrong?

I will do that. Thank you.
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Re: What did I do wrong?

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I'm pretty sure that the reason the focus may not be as sharp as you'd hoped is two-fold.

 

One, the shutter speed is fairly low, only about 1/80 of a second.  Camera shake may be an issue.  The shutter speed isn't really fast enough to freeze any motion that your son may have made when the shutter fired, either.

 

Two, if you used the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens, it lacks Image Stabilization to remove camera shake.  That is a pretty good lens, once you learn what it can and cannot do.  Just use a fast shutter with it.  I like f/2.8 aperture for that shot, too.

 

 

 

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Re: What did I do wrong?


@MrsWolfman wrote:

image.jpgStill portrait of my son. Using my canon 80d with my canon 50mm lens. Golden hour and settings were 180 / 4.0 /250 and my image is blurry when blown up.

Shutter speed to slow?

Help!


What did you do wrong.

 

You had the car in the background.

 

You have a backlit subject with no fill flash so the background is blown out.

 

And you pixel peeped the photo zooming into 100%, which is like watching as 70" TV from 18" away and worried that it is soft.

 

The biggest issues with that photo are not whether it is sharp or not.

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Re: What did I do wrong?

Wow...that was a little harsh. Thank you for your input though. As someone who has just started trying to take better pictures and is slowly learning that was a little rough but I put it out there.
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Re: What did I do wrong?

Thank you so much for your reply! I greatly appreciate your kind input.
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