How to Stop Making Those Awful Blurry
Pictures, everyone makes them at some point in time. I
hear it a lot, "that camera won't take a good sharp
picture, I really need to get another one".
More times then
not, that statement could not be farther from the truth.
9 times out of 10 the problem lies with the technique of
the photographer and not the camera or the camera lens.
There are a number
of things that can make a picture look blurry and most
of them can be corrected with the proper photography
technique. Just a little bit of photographic knowledge
and a small amount of planning can send the blurry photo
monster into oblivion!
Steady your camera
believe to be the biggest culprit of blurry pictures is
camera movement. If your camera moves at all while the
shutter is open, BAM, your photo is blurry. Fortunately
there are more than a couple of photographic techniques
you can use to eliminate, or at least minimize this
Always use a tripod.
If you can't use a tripod
, use a monopod. If you
can't use a
monopod, use a beanbag. If you can't use
a beanbag, brace the camera or yourself against a
stable object like a wall, column, door frame, tree,
fence, automobile, I think you get the picture.
fastest shutter speed possible. When handholding
your camera never shoot at a slower shutter speed
then the reciprocal of the length of your cameras
lens. As an example: lets say you're using an 85 mm
lens, don't shoot any slower then 1/85th of a
second. An added benefit to using the fastest
shutter speed possible is you'll be shooting at a
wider aperture causing the foreground and background
of the photo to go farther out of focus. For a
better understanding of how this effects your focus
(or depth of field) read this
article on selective focus.
highest ISO speed possible and still get the level
of photo quality you can accept. This will allow you
to get the faster shutter speeds mentioned in item
There is a photo quality trade off here but you will
be amazed at the overall improvement in picture
quality. Try it, you'll like it!
Incorporate your flash. Sometimes setting your
camera's flash to fill flash mode and reducing it's
output by one or two stops will help to sharpen up
your pictures without looking like you used an on
handholding your camera put it into continuous
shooting mode and hold the shutter release for 3 or
4 consecutive shots. This will force you to hold the
camera up to your eye longer, keeping you from
prematurely moving the camera. One of the resulting
photos will be sharper than the first or last one
because you held the camera steadier.
your camera on a tripod, use a shutter
if your camera has one. Some cameras come with a
remote control, use it whenever possible. By using
this hands off approach, you will minimize camera
movement because you won't be touching the camera.
doing macro photography, if your camera has a mirror
lock up, use it! Doing so will minimize camera
vibration due to the mirror slap created when the
mirror swings up out of the way on an SLR.
of camera vibration, some manufacturers make cameras
and/or lenses that use IS (
) technology. If you own a
camera system that utilizes this technology then use
it. If you don't own one of these, then consider
that option when you make your next purchase. It
will add a little to the cost of your photography
equipment but I believe it will be well worth it,
because you'll get more images that are sharp.
Technically speaking, this is not really a
photographic technique, but I feel it is worth
the shutter release gently. Don't snap your finger
down on the shutter release button and expect a
sharp picture. It's not going to happen. Snapping
the shutter release button hard or fast will only
cause you to move the camera. Slowly and gently
depress the shutter release button. Then "follow
through" by not moving anything until you know the
camera is finished taking the shot.
all these photography techniques until they become
second nature and then refer to
follow all the photography techniques listed here you
will be amazed at the improvement in your pictures.
One thing I didn't list is to keep your cameras lens
clean. I think that goes without saying.
Say goodbye to the blurry
©2005 Ken Henderson
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