asdf

    10 reasons why your photos aren’t sharp (and how to fix them)

    | Photography Tips | 15/05/2013 00:01am
    0 Comments

    Reason No. 5 Your Photos Aren’t Sharp: Subject movement

    To freeze the motion of a fast-moving subject, choose a fast shutter speed

    To freeze the motion of a fast-moving subject, choose a fast shutter speed

    It doesn’t matter how rock-steady the camera is, if the subject is moving the image will be blurred. If you’re shooting a moving subject and you want it sharp rather than blurred the shutter speed has to be fast enough to freeze the movement.

    But how fast is fast enough?

    A shutter speed of 1/60sec or 1/125 is usually fast enough to freeze a walking person, but you’ll need to push the shutter speed up with faster moving subjects.

    If you’re photographing sports like football and hockey a shutter speed of around 1/500sec is often fast enough to freeze a player’s body, but the fastest moving parts such as their legs or the hockey stick may still be blurred and an even shorter exposure time is required.

    Using fast shutter speeds means using a higher sensitivity (ISO) setting and/or opening up the aperture to let more light into the camera.

    Although it’s a good idea to avoid raising the sensitivity setting when you’re shooting landscapes and still life subjects, it’s often essential when shooting sport and action.

    Provided that you avoid the very top sensitivity values most modern DSLRs and CSCs produce decent images. It’s also worth remembering that a little bit of noise is usually preferable to a badly burred image.

    Reason No. 1. Your Photos Aren’t Sharp: Shutter speed too low
    Reason No. 2 Your Photos Aren’t Sharp: Camera shake
    Reason No. 3 Your Photos Aren’t Sharp: Vibrations from touching the camera
    Reason No. 4 Your Photos Aren’t Sharp: Mirror-slap
    Reason No. 5 Your Photos Aren’t Sharp: Subject movement
    Reason No. 6 Your Photos Aren’t Sharp: AF focused on wrong subject
    Reason No. 7 Your Photos Aren’t Sharp: Continuous AF not selected
    Reason No. 8 Your Photos Aren’t Sharp: Continuous AF selected
    Reason No. 9 Your Photos Aren’t Sharp: Depth of field too shallow
    Reason No. 10 Your Photos Aren’t Sharp: Aperture too small

    READ MORE

    Getting sharp images: every photo technique you need to know starting out
    Using Autofocus: 9 situations when AF will fail you
    How to use autofocus with moving subjects


    Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

    Tags: , ,

    Share This Page