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    Banish Bad Pictures: 9 quick fixes for common camera complaints

    | Photography for Beginners | 20/05/2013 12:57pm
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    Fixing Bad Pictures: Why are my photos blurry and out of focus?

    Fixing Bad Pictures: Why are my photos blurry and out of focus?

    Are you shooting handheld?
    Camera shake could be your problem. Make sure you’re using a fast enough shutter speed in relationship to your focal length – for example, if you’re using a 200mm telephoto zoom, your shutter speed needs to be faster than 1/200 sec to obtain sharp shots when shooting handheld. Increase your ISO setting 
if necessary to achieve a faster shutter speed.

    YES

    Are you using an IS lens?
    Many modern lenses now come equipped with Image Stabilization (IS), which can reduce a certain amount of camera shake, enabling you to take sharper shots.

    YES

    Switch on IS
    We’d recommend using IS most of the time. With the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens at its 55mm focal length, you can obtain sharp results even at relatively slow shutter speeds (such as 1/10 to 1/40 sec).

    OR

    Fixing Bad Pictures: use a tripod

    Are you using a tripod?
    Using a tripod, monopod or beanbag can eliminate or reduce camera shake by keeping your DSLR totally still. This means that, however slow your shutter speeds, you can capture pin-sharp shots. It also means you can use narrow apertures in any light to give greater depth of field and keep everything in focus.

    NO

    Brace yourself
    If you don’t have a tripod and are shooting in low light, and have no choice but to use a shutter speed too slow to shoot handheld, then brace yourself against something to keep your camera steady when pressing the shutter button. A tree, fence post or even your car door are better than nothing.

    PAGE 1 – Fixing Bad Pictures: Why are all my photos blown out?
    PAGE 2 – Fixing Bad Pictures: Why do my landscape photos look so flat?
    PAGE 3 – Fixing Bad Pictures: Why do my skies look white and washed out?
    PAGE 4 – Fixing Bad Pictures: Why are my photos blurry and out of focus?
    PAGE 5 – Fixing Bad Pictures: how do I focus on moving targets?
    PAGE 6 – Fixing Bad Pictures: why do my photos look so cluttered?
    PAGE 7 – Fixing Bad Pictures: why do my photos lack impact?
    PAGE 8 – Fixing Bad Pictures: why do my action shots look boring?
    PAGE 9 – Fixing Bad Pictures: Why do my colours look all wrong?

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    Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2013 at 12:57 pm under Photography for Beginners.

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