Tips to Avoid Blurry Photos


blur imageAlmost no one can avoid shooting photos with the blurriness sometimes. Below, I’d like to list some of the tips that can be very useful to help you reduce the number of blurred photos.

Especially, when you are just a photograph with limited experiences and you’re using a point and shoot model which is aimed at the beginning level, you may easily encounter a typical problem – the blurriness with images

This problem may be caused by several reasons, such as bad focus, fast moving objects and the camera shake. As it’s hard to use a software to fix the focusing problems, you should try to ensure the sharpness right from the beginning. If it takes a lot of time to use a software to edit photos with the blurriness, this may cause you considerable frustration with your photography.

Instead, I recommend you to find out more about many different techniques to shoot the images with the right sharpness before encountering any of the above problems. The following tips shall be very useful for preventing you from shooting blurry images.

  • Among the causes, the camera shake accounts for the most typical one for the photo blurriness, especially for a point and shoot model. The blurriness caused by the shake is not so serious, but just slightly noticeable. You won’t see it when viewing photos on the LCD screen of small sizes but it is clear to see in a computer screen of a larger size. To lower the effect of the camera shake, a tripod is highly recommended. In addition, you should turn on the image stabilization functions and shooting in low light should be avoided. If you cannot find a tripod, you can lean against a doorframe to keep the camera firmly. Hold the camera in the closest distance to yourself as you can. Another solution is to frame the image by the viewfinder instead of an LCD screen.
  • With a camera that allows you to manually control the aperture, you can decrease the aperture to increase the depth of field that remains in focus. To decrease the aperture, increase the “f” stop number in the camera’s settings. Keep in mind that using a smaller aperture/larger f stop number will allow less light to enter the lens, so this technique won’t work in a low light photography situation.
  • If the camera allows you to set the aperture manually, it’s recommended that you lower the aperture to have a higher depth of field and the photo is still in focus. To lower the aperture, you can change the “f” number to a higher level. Don’t forget that when the “f” stop number is higher which means a lower aperture, you are limiting the light to come into your lens, so for the photography under inadequate lighting, the above technique does not work.
  • Several beginning photographers may think that they’ve shot a blurry image. But it may be not true. In fact, when they set a higher aperture/low f stop number, this should cause the camera to focus on the subject, and the background is not in the focus. However, the opposite thing may happen, causing the background in focus and the subject out of focus. Try to make sure that you have turned the focus into the right subject. You can pinpoint the focus point by using green brackets while you press the shuttering button halfway to have the scene pre-focused.
  • Noise or the pixels that are not correctly recorded can cause your images blurry when you try to view them at a larger size. You can easily see more noise in photos shot under inadequate lighting conditions. When you attempt to set a higher shuttering speed for shooting photos without enough light, the ISO range is changed up to a higher level to compensate the light, so there is more noise appearing in your photos. In order to avoid noise as much as you can, lower the ISO number to the maximum 400, based on your camera model (You can see very little amount of noise even when you select the 800 or 1600 ISO setting with some high-end cameras).
  • If your lens is of good quality, instead of using the auto-focus, manually focusing the camera lens is recommended to help increase slightly more sharpness for the photos.
  • You may find this tip a bit silly but there is a surprising fact that a lot of your photos with the blurriness are caused by your eye. Some of you may need an eye exam. Clearly, if there are any problems with your eyes, it can affect your photographic results when you focus the lens manually.
  • Clean your viewfinder and LCD frequently to make sure that they are not dirty. Any small smudge appearing in the lens will become considerable in your photo. This is one of the causes for blurry images. If the blurriness appears in a small part of photos only, there is a high possibility that your lens is smudged.
  • If your camera is a DSLR model, be careful with the dust which appears on the camera image sensor. Dust can easily come into your image sensor while the lenses are changed. This is a common cause for making your photos become slightly blurry.
  • Lastly, there may be a little bit of a blur in the camera focusing system. This is more common for budget-priced cameras aimed at the beginning photographers. In this case, you don’t have a pin sharp auto-focus mechanism. Those little blurs are not noticeable in small screens but you can seem them clearly when you zoom the photo on a large computer screen or make large prints.  If all of the tips do not work after you try all of them, it may be because of the autofocus mechanism of a point and shoot model. The images are still nice for viewing and printing at small and medium sizes. In addition, if you have dropped the camera, it may get a little blur due to a slight damage to the components inside the camera. Therefore, try to hold the camera firmly when using it.

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