During my post processing class with Annette the other day one of the important tools I use is the Camera Shake filter located in Photoshop CC 2015. I find it significantly sharpens an image taken with a handheld camera. So much so that I seldom need to do any additional sharpening. Below is an old processed picture that I reloaded and applied the new filter to. It made such a difference I saved it over the old version. You don’t need to buy additional plug-in software to make dramatic improvements to your photos. The other new feature in Adobe Camera RAW that can be applied to both RAW files & processed JPG files is the DeHaze Filter under effects menu. Again, no additional software is needed.
One interesting thing about this shot is that it was taken with my Fuji X-E1 with the 55-200mm lens onboard using ISO800, F/8.0 at 1/70″ handheld. I was at least 75 feet away from the tigers who were tucked away in their cave. This reinforces the fact that the Fuji X-E1 and it’s optics are really good. The optical image stabilization is also really good, allowing me to produce a sharp shot in low light conditions handheld at just 1/70″. Remarkable!
Also I just added a view of the original RAW file to show you the heavy crop I applied and the post processing magic it took to get to that final sharp finished image. When this type of result is possible it lets you shoot in an entirely different way. You no longer hesitate to pull the camera trigger on what normally would be considered an impossible situation. Hold your camera the proper way and let the camera, lens and software do their magic. The results are certainly worth it. Also keep in mind this camera with a great 18-55mm F/2.8-4.0 lens is still selling for just $600.