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Stop Taking Blurry Pictures

By Michelle Ecker on May 17, 2017

Stop Taking Blurry Pictures

Do your photos often come out blurry even when your hands seem super steady? We might know why.

If you’re an NYIP student, head back to unit one in your photography course for a comprehensive refresher on mastering your equipment. If not, here are 5 simpler adjustments you could try getting started:

  1. Shutter Speed:
  2. If your shutter speed is too slow, this could easily be the problem. Generally, you should try to make sure that your shutter speed setting matches your lens’s focal length- so if you are using a 60mm lens for the day for example, you should have a shutter speed setting of 1/60th (or maybe even faster). This is probably the most common issue and an easy one to fix.

  3. Lens Choice:
  4. The lens you chose to work with can have an effect on the likelihood of your photos looking blurry. If your hand is kind of unsteady, this will be much more greatly magnified if you use a super long telephoto lens for example, compared to say a wide angle lens.

  5. Gear Choice:
  6. Do you need a tripod? If blurriness is a constant issue of yours, most likely yes. If you’ve tried increasing your shutter speed and are careful with your lens choices but you’re still having issues with blurriness, work with a tripod when you can.

  7. Manual Technique:
  8. If you aren’t holding your camera properly, you’re a lot more likely to accidentally shake the device when you click the shutter. For a full tutorial on how to hold a camera correctly, follow the link.

  9. Focus Issues:
  10. Are you using the autofocus function on your device? If blurriness is a repeat issue of yours and the answer is no, you should probably start. If your camera simply isn’t focusing on the right spot in an image when you try to do so manually, the resulting image will just look blurry, when the problem is simply that it’s out of focus.

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