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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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