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Shuttershock and Olympus 75-300

Since a couple of months I own the Olympus 75-300 III. And since day one, I wasn't happy with the results I got. 
All the pictures shot at +/- 300 mm where soft and looked like there was motion blur. How's that possible? I tried it at a 1/1000th of a second, but still the motion blur in my pictures. I regret that I ever sold my Pentax with the 55-300 for this awfull lens!
But... Most reviews of this lens are positive. Is my copy of this lens bad?
I then figured out by reading forums that it could be a phenomena called 'shuttershock'. It that case, the shock of the shutter causes enough movement so the image is blurred.
For example:

How to fix this?
My camera has several drive modes, including one called 'anti-shock'. And that does magic.
In that mode The pictures are sharp again. No motion blur is visible! 
The downside of this mode is that the fasted drivemode can't be used.

Review SNS-HDR Pro

HDR photography is very popular today. It's a great tool for landscape and architecture photography. I use it often to enhance the big dynamic range from my scenes. In this review I will use the next pictures to show what I want:

As you can see this scene has a very big dynamic range. I wished to get the clouds back in the final image. So I made the pictures so I could get the details from the shadows, but especially the details from the highlights. The pictures where shot handheld. This would be a job for the alignmenttool in the software.
The software tested here is SNS-HDR Pro. This software is from Poland (the website has to be translated with Google Translate). The User interface can be set to eight different languages. I set it to English. 
When you start the software You will see this interface:
User Interface

As the first step select the Open Image button on the upper-left corner. Select the images and you get this screen:

Here you can select the options to align the images, reduce noise and ghosting. It's also possible to select the 360 mode to avoid differences in light around the image.

The next option is to reduce size to speed up the process. The drawback is you can't save the image in full-size afterwards. (great for a wishlist). When you hit OK the process starts and you can wait (took 3 minutes to stitch 5 16MP pictures). The process window tells you what's going on:

When done you get the result:

On the left you can see some different presets. When you hover them with you mouse you get a instant preview of the result:









When you want to select the settings you want you go the the right side of the screen where you can adjust the light and color settings. What I really like is the possibility to adjust the settings per color. It's possible to adjust only the green, or red, etc. And the speed is very good (only the first step of analyzing is slow).

Another great tool is to adjust only the highlights. Some sliders as a little 'H' sign on top of it. When you select it you can adjust the highlights separately. This is great when the highlights are recovered, but lack saturation and contrast. It's very easy to adjust only this highlights without affecting the other parts of the image.


In the latest version: 1.4 a great new tool is added: Masking. That tool makes it possible to mask some areas and change the settings for it.

The masking function is very easy to use. You select the icon for a new mask and start using the brush. When you zoom into the image the brush stays the same size, so you can easily do the small spots. When Intelligent Selection is selected you can easily select bright sky between leaves and branches of trees.

The mask will be added as a new layer in the left panel. When selecting the mask and adjusting the settings, only the masked area will be adjusted.

After all you can get results like these:

from the original RAW files (no distortion and PF correction)

What I like most of this tool is the realistic output. With Photomatix and HDR Efex Pro I couldn't get results like these so easily. No halos and other stuf.

And since april 2012, a plugin for Lightroom is also available

Try it yourselves? Go here

Another review of SNS-HDR Pro

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