How to Produce Sharp Images

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On with today’s question…

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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We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren – and it’s our mission to help you thrive not just as a wedding photographer, but as a business owner. It’s time to set aside the stress and comparison of a hustle mindset, and build a life-giving business instead.

We met in college, got married, and started corporate jobs before we discovered (and fell in love with) wedding photography. But like many creative entrepreneurs, we were booking anything we could, strapped to our laptops and living dangerously close to burnout.

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