Picture looking sharp in Live View mode, then losing sharpness after being shot

1 year 1 week ago #707258 by zjzjzj
Since recently I am experiencing an issue with the sharpness of my images.

I am using canon 70D with a macro lens for shooting jewellery and I need to have a very clear picture to capture the brilliance of the crystals. That's why I am using a tripod, I am using tethering between computer and camera and I shoot from the software program basically - my camera is as still as it gets when taking a photo.

What happens is that the crystals of the jewellery look sharp when I am looking at Live View mode and then when I look at the picture after it has been shot sharpness is lost to a certain extend.

This is how the image looks before taking the picture (in live view mode):  https://imgur.com/9nSD7W1

This is how it looks afterwards:  https://i.imgur.com/xubtioq

I took these pictures with my smartphone capturing the screen of the camera. If you look closely you will see the difference. It won't be noticeable in daily life pictures I suppose, but for my job, it is an issue.

Does anybody have an idea what is the problem here ? I recently upgraded the firmware to 1.1.3 (canon 70D), of course, that shouldn't be an issue, but I figured I will mention it.

Thank you!


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1 year 1 week ago #707260 by Shadowfixer1
My guess is shutter shock. I would first make sure image stabilization is off. Next, I would use mirror lock up and third, I would try a faster shutter speed. Good luck. 

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1 year 1 week ago #707284 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day zj

My 2-cents also would be a) camera shake during the exposure, and b) tripod wobble -if- the tripod is a cheapie rather than a good quality one

@sf has commented on the camera side of things ... I have a beaut lightweight tripod that I use for backpacking, but because it is lightweight, it occasionally suffers from wind-wobble or big-lens + weight of camera wobble

Otherwise - keep trying, as your project seems of great interest

Phil from the great land Downunder

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11 months 3 weeks ago #708433 by Naheed
If you see a picture looking sharp in Live View mode but after being shot
it loses its sharpness then it might be because you are taking the snaps in
the RAW format or it might be a focus issue. I will suggest to do a reset and
then try again if you are facing this issue still.

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11 months 3 weeks ago #708438 by Nikon Shooter
I don't see any sign of blur due to movement.

Maybe turning of the AF prior to SR or dissociating AF from SR
could be worth trying.

A long time ago, I separated the AF and SR operations.

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