Don't be afraid of Shuttershock : here's why

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Don't be afraid of Shuttershock : here's why
8 months ago

Shuttershock is normal. It's caused by the vibrations of the shutter with some lenses and at some specific shutter speed. It's like "Mirror Shock" in a DSLR, caused by the mirror vibrations. It doesn't happens with every lenses.

Manufacturers are aware of the unavoidable "Shuttershock" and "Mirror Shock". They include a feature in their camera to reduce the vibrations of the shutter/mirror. It's called "Mirror Lockup" or "MLU" ia a DSLR, and "Anti-Schock" in a Mirrorless camera. They work pretty good when enabled.

Should it happen that you forgot to enable antishock and you got some shuttershock. Is your picture ruined? Not at all, don't be afraid, you can always use it. Here's a real life example :

I took - not on purpose - two pictures of the same tree. One has bad shuttershock (1/200s), the other is sharp (1/400). Here's a crop :

Wow, that's the kind of shuttershock that would frighten a pixel peeper a lot, isn't it?

Now, let's resize the OOC JPEG at 4Mpix and apply some sharpening (smart sharpening, reduce directional blur) in Phototshop to the shuttershocked picture. Here's the result :

The sharpened shuttershocked resized picture :

The sharp resized picture :

Tip : it's better to click on vie original, as Dpreview compress the JPEG

So, yes, there's still a difference, but insignificant. The shuttershocked picture will still give a beautiful and sharp print at 18x23cm / 6x8" 300DPI. So I wouldn't say that the picture is ruined. And if your production is for the web, you shouldn't even talk about shuttershock.

So, don't be afraid of Shuttershock. Just learn your camera and how to avoid it, and even if you got it, you can always resize your pic and enjoy a nice print

Nothing to write home about.

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