Every photographer wants to control the sharpness of their images. Unless the soft images are done purposefully, photographers will want sharp, clear images most of the time. If you’ve been frustrated with blurry images, learning how to take sharp photos in different ways will definitely make you less headache.
4 Tips on How to Take Sharp Photos
You may think you’re holding your camera steady, you may be wrong. The slightest vibration that you’re not even aware you’re creating can blur the edges of your subject.
There are ways to hold your camera that will reduce the shake. When lifting the camera, hold your elbows in close to your body to support your arms.
Or you can lean against something nearby, like a tree if you’re outdoors, or a wall if you’re indoors. Some photographers will lay flat and prop their elbows on the ground to reduce shake.
Further Reading: How to Reduce Camera Shake – 6 Techniques
The best method is to use a tripod. Many photographers prefer this to holding the camera if they are going to stay in one position for a longer of time. Pressing the shutter button will create shake, you can use a shutter release cable, or a remote to reduce to smallest vibration. Be sure the tripod isn’t buffeted by wind, which can cause camera shake too. Shelter the tripod near larger objects.
While auto focusing makes you easier to take pictures, it will blur your image if the camera isn’t focusing on the right subject. You should always keep an eye on where the camera is focusing. Double check the focus mode and focus point.
If the environment is too dark, your camera may not able to do auto focus. In that case, you can try to light up your subject by a torch when focusing.
You can also go to manual focus if the camera can’t seem to find the correct subject.
Moving Scene or Subject
For most scenes, you’ll want a lower shutter speed to reduce the ISO sensitivity. You won’t have to worry about catching fast moving subjects if you’re taking a still life photograph.
When shooting fast-moving subject like sports or moving crowds, you’ll need a faster shutter speed. The shutter speed has to be fast enough to freeze the movement. The benefit of a higher shutter speed is less chance of camera shake.
When you increase the shutter speed, you have to be careful to set the corresponding aperture and ISO. The increase or decrease of aperture changes the depth of field. A wider aperture will decrease the depth of field which may out-focus your subject. Higher ISO will help with faster moving shots, but will increase the noise in your images.
Smudged, Dirty Lenses
Sometimes, it’s just a smudge or fingerprint on the lens that blur your image. Clean your lens before every photo shoot, but do it properly with the right equipment.
Never use a regular, facial tissue to clean your lens since they can leave tiny dust particles and create microscopic scratches on the lens that will build over time. Lenses should be cleaned with the proper type of cloth.
If you go from air-conditioned location to outdoor, moisture may condense on the lens which will cause unsharp image. Wait for 5 to 10 minutes until all moisture is gone before shooting.
When you can’t figure out the cause of your blurry images, playing with the ISO, aperture and shutter speed can help. It takes some finesse and practice to reduce the blur, but using a tripod and making sure that your lens is clear will be effective.