Why don't my pictures look sharper?


Lloyd Chambers’
Making Sharp Images

The first practical guide that addresses head-on the most common concern of digital photographers:
Why aren’t my pictures consistently sharp?

Here’s the real “missing manual” for your camera that shows you what’s possible and how to get it. Making Sharp Images is chock full of practical how-tos and tips suitable for both beginners and experienced photographers, and will cut years of learning down to weeks. Best of all, this guide will enable you to spend more time taking good pictures and less time sitting in front of your computer trying to fix flawed ones. Here’s what the readers are saying:

Simply excellent ... and LOTS of information.” —Alfred Corrodi

“I find the whole of MSI very well put together and it covers nearly all aspects! It is also very clearly explained in a practical style where necessary.”—Matthias Herrmannstorfer

“About six-point three metric tons of well-delivered info in there. Better than just about anything on the web.”—Marshall Arbitman

Excellent.” —Stefan Iacob

“First of all, allow me to congratulate you on MSI—both the concept and the implementation are extraordinarily good. I had no idea what to expect and was then gobsmacked when I loaded the Table of Contents page and realized what you have accomplished. The topic is pertinent to anyone who wishes to improve their image making skills while the breadth and depth of the coverage is frankly amazing.” —Jonathon Delacour

“What is remarkable is that it took me 5 years and thousands of hours of reading various texts, sifting through all the BS and nonsense on various fora, and experimenting with lenses to collect this information in my head. If this text had been available 5 years ago, it would have saved me a LOT of time and effort. I am very much looking forward to seeing this out so that the next time someone asks questions that this publication can answer, I can just point them to it.” —Aravind Krishnaswamy

“I was trying to find out how to make the sharpest photographs with my equipment.... MSI has tons of practical tips and how-to!” —Carsten Bockermann

Topics covered:

  • Get all the megapixels of resolution your camera has to offer
  • Understand the causes of blur and diagnose them in your own images
  • Understand bokeh and creative approaches to using sharpness and blur
  • Improve your focusing technique
  • Improve your handheld shooting technique
  • Learn how to test and reject dud lenses
  • Learn exactly why optics and lens design compromises produce different looks
  • Choose the right lenses and use them to your advantage
  • Learn the surprising truths about tripods, image stabilization and vibration
  • … view the full table of contents

Lloyd Chambers

Lloyd is a researcher and writer on photographic technique and technology. His publications include Guide to Zeiss ZF Lenses and Guide to Leica. Lloyd has also written for Photo Techniques magazine and maintains an active blog and newsletter.

"I will memorize, page by page, instead of making (continuing to make) the errors, subtle as they are. It is cheap to say, 'I was so hoping you would write this book,' once I started to read the MSI information. I would say this is the most important photographic book written (for me). Thanks, so very much. BEST EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER!!" —Chuck Thurber