It is every photographer's dream to get sharper images whenever they are photographing people. However, in most cases, there are some factors that conspire to make this impossible. With a little trick, you can be able to make your images of people more clean, crisp, and sharp.
There is no silver bullet to learning how to take sharp pictures. It requires a lot of learning. You need to know the area that you are making mistakes and try to improve on them. In this article, you will learn some common mistakes that lead to blurry images and how you can correct them.
Some of the reasons for blurry images include:
- You have a poor focus
- Your subject is moving
- Your camera is not stable
- Your camera setting is causing noise
7 Ways to Photography Sharper Images
1. Stabilize Your Camera
One of the major causes of blurry images is because your camera is not stable. If your camera is shaking, you'll probably end up with a blurry image. To solve this problem, either get a get a strong and firm grasp of your camera or simply invest in a tripod.
Tripod is the best way to solve the problem. You won't have to worry about stabilization problem when you have a good tripod.
2. Proper Focus
It is important you get proper focus when aiming for sharper images. Instead of using "auto focusing" functionality of your camera, make use of the manual focus to get a proper focus. Before you hit the shutter, visually check the part of the image that is in focus. This is very important especially when you are shooting with a large aperture.
3. Shutter Speed
Shutter speed is very important if you want to get sharper images. A faster shutter speed will cause camera shake to have lesser impact and will freeze any movement in your shots. Thus using a faster shutter speed will help you reduce two problems name above. Note that you will need to compensate by making your aperture larger anytime you are using faster shutter speed.
Below are some recommended settings for shutter speed of different lenses:
- 50mm: Shoot 1/60th of a second or faster
- 100mm: Shoot 1/125th of a second or faster
- 200mm: Shoot 1/250th of a second or faster
Your camera aperture determines the depth of field in your images. To make your image to be more out of focus, you will need to increase the number of your aperture (for instance, to f/4). Note that if you have smaller aperture, your shutter speed will need to be longer and vice versa.
5. Focus on the Eyes
Your key focus when taking image of one person should be the eyes. Eyes usually stand out in great portraits.
Talking about eyes, you should as well get your eyes checked if you suspect that you might be having an eye problem. This will enhance the sharpness of your images. Another thing worth checking is the "diopter" of your camera. It is a minor adjustment which can enhance how the viewfinder of your camera works especially for those with eye problem.
6. Invest in Good Lenses
It is a good idea to invest in good quality lenses especially for DSLR owners; this will help you improve the sharpness of your images. If other options have failed you, you might consider changing your lens. Making this change will save you a lot of headache and will help you achieve better overall quality images.
7. Clean Your Lens and Camera
It might surprise you that the reason why you are getting blurry images is because your lens has dust or smudges. Consider cleaning your lens once in a while to eliminate the dust, grime and smudges which can impact your shots.