When taking photos do you ever wish that one particuliar photo could be a bit sharper? Well here are a 100 Ways to take sharper photos...
Steady Your Camera
- Use a tripod when it’s practical.
- Use a solid surface to rest your camera when a tripod isn’t practical.
- Use a remote release when it’s practical. (It’s usually not practical for me, so keep on reading.)
Use Good Form
- Steady yourself against a doorway or other solid surface.
- Tuck your arms into your body, steadying them against your chest. TIGHT!
- Press your eye tight against the viewfinder.
- Get a firm grip with both hands.
- Shoot like a sniper. Yes, I said it. I’ll let you google it!
- Breathe out and shoot before you take a breath. (Okay, this is a sniper technique. I like to think of it as a yoga technique though!)
Watch Your Shutter Speed
- Shoot with a shutter speed fast enough to stop motion, at least 1/125th of a second.
- Use a FAST shutter speed for fast moving subjects, between 1/1000 to 1/5000 of a second.
- Shoot with a shutter speed fast enough to avoid camera shake, at least 1/50th of a second with a 50mm lens.
- Read more about shutter speed.
Use The “Right” Aperture
- Watch your depth of field! Use an aperture narrow enough to get your subject in focus, think f/4.0 or f/5.6.
- Avoid the lure of your widest aperture!
- When more than one person is in the photo use a narrow aperture, think f/5.6 to f/11.
- Find the “sweet spot.” Use an aperture one stop narrower than your widest aperture. If your lens is an f/1.8 choose f/2.5. Think of it as three “clicks” from your widest aperture.
- Want to use your widest aperture? Step back from your subject some.
- Read more about aperture.
Know Your ISO
- Keep your ISO low to get the least noise.
- Learn the limit of your particular camera by shooting through your range of ISOs to learn how high you can push it.
- Read more about ISO.
Look For Light
- Shoot in good light. The better the light, the easier a great, sharp exposure is.
- Read more about light.
- Avoid letting your camera choose the focal point.
- Use your center focal point for the sharpest photos.
- Opt to change your focus point rather than focus and recompose.
- Learn back button focus. (Also known as Focus Lock or AF-On for Canon/AF-C for Nikon)
- Watch your focal distance, leave enough space between the lens and your subject.
- Keep things in the same visual plane to keep them sharp.
- Focus on your subject’s eye that is closest to you.
- Read more about focus.
Choose The “Right” Lens
- Use your lenses’ vibration reduction (VR on Nikon) or image stabilization (IS on Canon).
- Turn it off when your camera is on a tripod.
- Shoot with a prime lens when possible. (Think 50mm, nifty fifty, it’s a bargain!)
- Clean your lens! The more crud on your lens, the more chance it’s going to show up in your image.
- Read more about lenses.
Mind The Odds & Ends
- Shoot more than one photo. Check your drive mode and bump it to continuous shots!
- Roll your finger slowly over the shutter button.
- Slow down! Sometimes you do everything right but add your own movement to your image as you are moving on to the next thing before you click the shutter.