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Old 10-25-2013, 02:02 AM   #6
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Which lenses are you using?

I'm going to assume by the quality, settings and time of day of the second shot you are using a kit lens. Shooting a kit lens at f/5.6 in low light conditions combined with alot of post editing to "save it" can often result in the what you're talking about.

The first photo looks fine to my eye, maybe a little over sharpened, but barely. It was also shot in great light at f/9, so I would expect it to be good even with a kit lens.

If you are infact using kit lenses, or similar low end lenses, always keep in mind their limitations. Shoot at f/8 or there abouts as much as possible and understand that as the lighting conditions start to deteriorate and you go wide open, quality is going to drop. I also recommend shooting RAW, you can get away with significantly more while post processing.

PS: as a side note, I highly recommend not looking at pictures very long once you're done processing them. The more you look, the more wrong you will find with them. I know plenty of photographers (myself included) who have almost walked away from the hobby because they couldn't get the color tone perfect or things were never sharp enough.

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