I am looking for some help ironing out some blur issues I am having with a borrowed camera (K10D with 18-50/3.5). I am hoping it's just me and not the gear, but would like to know how to fix it.
Here is a sample image. They are not all this bad but all have a noticeable lack of .
Yeah, a boring scene with bad lighting - I have no choice over the viewpoint or field of view as I'm duplicating historical photographs. This one is north-facing and I chose late afternoon to try to at least get some sunlight on one face of the war monument.
Shot in + , P mode 50 mm 1/125 f/8, hand-held with stabilisation on, and tweaked in Adobe Camera to remove chromatic aberration, plus tweaks to tone/ to bring up foreground and tone down the sky.
I still think I need to re-think the lighting (maybe the street well and bring up the monument in photoshop?) but what really has me stumped is the lack of . Have a look at this 100% crop:
OK, the haloes on backlit chimneys etc are probably an unavoidable consequence of severe backlighting? But what about the blurriness in the signs, which are in the shade? The in-camera looks similar here so it's not just my ACR fiddling doing it.
So, what's the problem? Is this the best I can expect from this ? Did I not hold it steady enough? Should I turn off IS? Is AF hit and miss - should I shoot a few times in the hope that one's not blurry??