How to Produce Sharp Images

POSTED IN : Photographers, Shooting & Workflow

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All of your images have a special “crisp-ness” to them. What’s the secret? What sharpening method do you guys use?

When thinking about the sharpness and clarity of any image, it’s important to remember that there’s (at least) 3 things that contribute in a major way to sharpness.

1. Lens Quality

The biggest thing is the quality of the lens – better quality glass does less to distort the light as it travels from your subject, through your lens, and eventually to your sensor (or film as the case may be). Since sharpness is a super important thing to Erin and me, we’ve selected only the sharpest lenses to have in our bag. Read about our gear.

2. Focus and Exposure

The second thing that makes your images sharper is focus and exposure. You’ve got to have your images in focus in order for them to look sharp, and they MUST be properly exposed. Keep in mind that our brains associate brightness with sharpness and so an image that isn’t too dark and isn’t too light will look sharper to our eyes.

3. Blogstomp

Finally, when putting images on our blog, we run them through Blogstomp to apply our watermark and set the specific sharpening we’d like to use in the settings. The secret to Blogstomp is giving it the biggest image possible to use, so we export high-res images, and Blogstomp resizes them and sharpens for our blog.


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Hi there! We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren, a hubby and wifey wedding photography team in San Diego. We shoot together. We travel together. We dream together. And we believe the best thing to hold onto in life is each other (+ a great glass of wine…)

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