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Photography Tutorial: Taking Sharper Photos

Thursday, October 9, 2014

1. Shoot in manual. When you take photos in Auto, the camera is making all the choices for you and sometimes a lot of the time it makes poor decisions. When you are in charge, you can tell the camera to allow in more light, which will make your photos look much sharper. Read this tutorial for the basics on exposure.

2. Get a better lens. When I was reading reviews on Amazon for the camera that I eventually purchased, one review said that you should just throw away the kit lens because it was junk. At the time, I thought that had to be an exaggeration! After purchasing my first lens, the nifty fifty, I realized that commenter was 100% right. Every image I've taken with the nifty fifty is very sharp. If you want to improve your photography, I highly recommend the 50mm lens!

3. Increase shutter speed. When you lower your shutter speed, you're also increasing the likelihood of having camera shake, which will make your photos blurry. If you don't have a tripod with you, you'll need to increase the shutter speed. Rule of thumb: don't shoot slower than your focal length to prevent camera shake. With my 50mm lens, my shutter speed shouldn't be less than 1/50s. This doesn't apply if you're using a tripod.
4. Use a tripod. Nothing keeps your camera more still than a tripod. I've never found it necessary to use a tripod in the daylight, but if you're shooting in low light situations a tripod can make a huge difference! Sometimes you need a longer shutter speed than you can manage with your focal length. That's where your tripod comes in handy. I took the photo on the left without my tripod and the photo on the right with a tripod. The photo on the right looks much clearer, it's especially noticeable if you look at the lamp and the fabric pattern on the chair.
5. Use a remote or timer. Even if you're using a tripod you can still get camera shake just by pushing the camera shutter button. Whenever I'm taking a photo with my tripod, I use the camera timer so the camera will be as still as possible when the photo takes.

6. Change your auto focus mode. I talked about this last week. If you've never changed your focus mode, it's probably on One Shot Focus, which will give you blurry photos of moving subjects, like kids and dogs.

Do you have trouble taking sharp photos?

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6 Responses to “Photography Tutorial: Taking Sharper Photos”

  1. I always learn so much from your photography tips! I really need to invest in a tripod and a remote, because my photos turn out blurry pretty often. But I've been experimenting so I think I'm getting better :)

  2. I bought a tripod from Amazon and it only cost around $12 or $15. They aren't expensive at all! I also bought a remote (a cheap one) but it doesn't work very well, so I think it's easier to use the timer in my camera.

  3. I'm asking for a tripod for Christmas and a remote because I think it's necessary! I will be looking into tripods on Amazon, for sure!

  4. I loooove my tripod! I use it all the time and really does make photos more crisp!

  5. I desperately want a 50mm lens. Which do you recommend? The 1.8 or 1.4?

  6. So I have a tripod, and I am too lazy to use it 99% of the time. This just changed my mind. That is an incredible difference!


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