My daughter's prom is Thursday night. Last night, we tried on the dress, shoes etc and decided to take some test shots, on the back deck, just as the sun was starting to go down. Camera was the 40D. (Info is under each shot). They were handheld.
Problem: I can't seem to get a sharp shot. They are so soft. These have ACR noise reduction (ramped up to the max) and CS4 sharpening (300/.3/0). The focus point, I thought, was on her face. ISO was 500. Neither are cropped. These represent about twenty shots- all the same even when some settings were tweaked. Arghh!!! I will be handholding the camera on prom night, so would like to figure out what I am doing wrong. Any advice always appreciated and put into practice ASAP Thank you!
50mm lens 1/125 f1.8 iso 500 (above)
50 mm lens 1/90 f1.8 ISO 500 (above)