Finding blurry lifestyle product images all over the internet, whether it’s a video or a still image. Many people struggle over the years to learn how to take sharp pictures every time. Generally, most people are ‘amateur photographers’, but there are more photographers who should know these basics.
We have outlined the common mistakes that lead to blurry images. Read on to discover how you can make sure your photos are sharp, crisp, and ready for posting every time!
Slow Shutter Speed
Make sure your shutter speed is fast enough to avoid camera shake, a common type of blur caused by small, accidental camera movements. The general rule is that you should use a shutter speed fast enough to prevent blurred images due to camera shake. The slower your shutter speed, the more vigilant you must be to keep your camera still throughout the exposure.
Poor Holding Technique
Using a stable stance is the first step in creating sharp photos. Here are four steps to keep track of when getting into a good camera holding stance.
Step 1: For stability, hold the camera by placing your left hand under the lens.
Step 2: Use your right hand to press the shutter button.
Step 3: Tuck your elbows close to your body and firmly plant your feet shoulder-width apart, one slightly staggered forward from the other.
Step 4: Breathe naturally, and press the shutter when you stop exhaling to minimize any camera shake.
Not Using A Tripod
When light levels drop, or when you use long telephoto lenses that magnify the slightest hand movements, it’s easy to end up with blurry photos. Tripods are a quick and easy way to eliminate camera shake and ensure sharp images.
Since crystal-clear nightscapes take a bit longer to capture than daytime shots, you’ll need a tripod that can remain stable for several minutes—something sturdy enough to hold your heaviest lens.
We’re not saying every shot has to be perfectly in focus, but when you’re shooting with a wider aperture, it’s easy to take a slightly blurry shot. That’s why it’s critical to focus carefully and to avoid cutting corners if you don’t have auto-focus.
It might not seem like a big deal when you look at your work later, but the blurriness will stand out more than you realize once you start editing down your shots.
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