Tips for Getting Sharp Photos
Friday, 12 November 2010 11:06
Taking sharp photos is an art. Sometimes pictures don't come out as sharp as we would like. Many factors help to determine how sharp your photo's will be.
Taking sharp photos is an art. Sometimes pictures don't come out as sharp as we would like. Many factors including focus, camera shake, subject movement, aperture and shutter speed help to determine how sharp your photo's will be.
Hold your camera steady.
I recommend buying a tripod for sharp photos. Also keeping the camera close to your body or resting it on a fence or rock etc can help with blurred photographs due to camera shake. Or just holding camera steady to insure a unshaking platform for your photography. This technique will help take sharp photos that you want.
If you have your digital SLR camera set on auto mode don't presume it will focus correctly. With Canon SLR camera's you can press the shutter button half way in to focus. If you look through the eye piece you can see what the camera is focusing on by the blinking red AF point (red dot). I find if you release it and press it down half way again, it will focus on a different part of the subject. I continue to do this until it's focussing on what I want. Another idea is to set your camera to manual focus mode (check manual).
Use a fast shutter speed.
The quicker your shutter speed the less likelihood of it being blurred due to camera shake or from the subject moving. Choosing a shutter speed faster than the focal length of the lens is effective if your holding the camera. For example, if your shooting with a focal length of 75 mm then make sure your shutter speed is 1/80th of a second or faster. If your focal length is 100mm then shoot with a shutter speed of 1/125 of a second or faster and so forth.
Aperture settings will determine how much of your photograph is sharp and how much is blurred. For example, setting your aperture to f/18 will ensure both near and far objects are in focus. Whereas setting it to f/4 will make the background objects out of focus and seem blurred. The smaller your aperture the longer your shutter speed will need to be –which of course is not useful for taking sharp photos of moving subjects.
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