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Top 7 Mistakes That Cause Blurry Photos

To become a better photographer, the first thing you should learn is how to make your images look sharper. Even if you have a great scene, the beauty won't come out when you can't make the shot to look sharp and neat.

If you are having problems with blurry images, you are not alone. Most amateur photographers are experiencing this problem. It doesn't matter the quality of camera you are using, there are some simple steps you can take to avoid blurry photos.

Blurry photos are a common issue in photography. The only way to avoid it is to learn the mistakes that you are making that are causing your images to be blurry. Avoiding these mistakes will help you to make your images better and sharper.

In this article, you will learn of some top mistakes that are stopping you from getting sharper images.

You are getting blurry photos because you are making these top 7 mistakes below:

1. You are Not Using a Tripod

If your camera is shaking, you will definitely get a blurry image. Camera doesn't know how to concentrate when it is shaking. For a better and sharper photo, you will need to use a tripod to achieve stability.

You can make your camera more stable by using a tripod and remote control for the shutter. If you don't have a shutter, make use of a timer.

2. Your ISO is Not Raised High Enough

You will need to raise the ISO up to 1600, 3200, or 6400 depending on your light source and camera when you are not trying to capture a shallow depth of field. This will allow you use a faster shutter speed to make up for the camera shake when you are not using a tripod.​

3. Your Subject is Moving

When your subject is moving, it makes it hard to get a very sharp photo. You will need a powerful camera and some experience to shot a moving subject without get it all blurred. The easiest way to get a very sharp image is when your subject is still.

Fortunately, there is an easy fix, try to get your subject to stay still or simply wait for it to slow down. However, there are some situations when you don't have control over the movement of the subject such as the traffic. In this case, you will need to think on your feet as well as use the best quality camera.

There are some types of lens you can use to slow down the movement of the subject. Additionally, you will need to use a wide aperture. When you do this correctly, you will get a sharp and crisp image without blurs.​

4. You Are Not Focusing Properly

This mistake is common among newbie photographers and it is really embarrassing. It happens when a photographer changed the focal points in the camera to shoot a subject on the side but forgot to put the focus settings back to its default setting.

When this happen, the photographer may try other options without success; The best fix to this problem if you are a newbie photographer is to learn how to use and swap your focal point in the viewfinder on manual and auto mood. You should also teach yourself the habit of returning your focal point to its default setting once you finish using it. The default setting is known as AF mode in most cameras, this will save you from get embarrassing blurry photos.​

5. You Are Zooming In on a Subject with a Long Lens

It is a bad idea to zoom in on a subject with a long lens. When you do this, the end result is that you will get your camera to shake and wobble leading to a blurry photo.

There are two ways to fix this problem; you can use tripod but this is not always efficient. Alternatively, you can make use of a faster shutter speed to capture the subject quicker. This is indeed a great option especially for travel and street photographers. However, learning to do this is not easy; you have to put in a lot of practice before you can master it.​

6. There are Smudges on Your Lens

You will be surprise how often most photographers forget to clean their front lens. When I was starting out, I experienced this lot of time. I have to keep a special napkin around to clean my camera front lens often. You see, sometimes, there could be smudges in front of your camera especially when you are working outside. Smudges will lead to blurry photos. You will need to keep a clean napkin around or a lens cloth to clean the lens.​

7. You Are Using a Slow Shutter Speed

When you use a slow shutter speed, expect your camera to shake and when it does, you will get blurry images. This problem is more prevalent when you are shooting at night or in a low light situation - That is when you want to open the shutter for a longer time in order to let in more light.

You can solve this problem by using a tripod. However, in some cases, your camera is extra sensitive and touching the shutter will still cause a camera shake. In this case, you will need to use a remote shutter trigger or the timer that comes with your camera.

However, if you don't have a tripod and must hold your camera in your hands, you will need to compromise by using a higher ISO and set your shutter normal to fast. In this situation, your image may be grainier but not blurry.​


Almost every photographer has to deal with blur problems. Even professionals still have to deal with it in some situation. The trick is to make sure that you eliminate every mistakes that will lead to blurry photos and you will see that your images will become sharper and crispier all the time.​

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