Why Are Your Photos Blurry?

Photography has become a great thing after the start of this smart tech era. Be it, mobile photography or professional. But the outcome is quite annoying when they don’t come out as expected. Out of all, the possible annoying outcome is when the photos come out blurred.

Here, we are gonna break down the solutions and possible fixes for the outcome of blurred pictures. We are going with the upper case being professional photography (DSLRs) but most of them also apply to mobile photography as the issues are mostly related.

Slow Shutter Speed

The main cause would be the shutter speed being too slow on your camera. You might be thinking that you are holding the camera firm and still enough but even the slightest of a movement results in a blurred image.

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To fix this, the camera professionals say that, use a shutter speed greater than the focal length of your lens. In case you have 200mm lens, you would not want to go below 1/250 sec unless you want that blurred image. Unless you are using a tripod, you might want to follow this tip to prevent bad shots.

Image Stabilization is Not Always Great

With the advancement, we now have image stabilization on our lenses and also cameras. This lets you go much below and still get a sharp shot. It works the best until your subject’s at rest. If it’s in motion, the image would come out blurred. So, to get that crisp shot, pump up the shutter speed and increase camera’s ISO sensitivity.

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Be careful as higher ISO might also make the image look more grainy and in less detail.

Small Lens Aperture

When shooting landscapes, you need a small aperture so as to increase the depth of field. The thing is, when you are shooting at f/22 or f/16, the outcome images are softer than those shot at wide apertures. To avoid this and get sharper images, make a change to f/11, which is slightly wide aperture.

Large Lens Aperture Too

When you are doing macro shots, you want the background blurred. To get that, you usually use a wider aperture, say f/2.8. But, if the subject is a large object, you might get parts of the subject blurred as well. In order to overcome that, use an aperture slightly smaller. But, keep an eye on your shutter speed because increasing the aperture will slower your shutter speed.

Holding the Camera

As they say, it takes skill and technique to hold that camera firm and still. You are to be blamed for the blurred photos if you are not supporting and holding the camera properly. It doesn’t matter if you are even using a higher shutter speed, the bad holding is enough to destroy those great photos.

Instead of using the camera’s display and shoot, hold it your eye and shoot through the viewfinder. Support the lens of the camera with your left hand and use the right hand to operate the camera functions. But, if you are looking for those great shots, you better grab a tripod or be ready to make yourself a bit dirty.

No Proper Focusing

Most of the cameras that are being sold now come with an auto-area AF as a default setting. The camera takes all the control and it gets to decide what to focus on. Most of the time when you are shooting different subjects in variable positions on the screen, the camera gets confused and won’t focus properly. So, changing that setting to single-point AF would help you select a particular focus point or the area manually.

Continuous Focus While Shooting Moving Objects

If you are shooting objects which are moving, then your camera’s single-shot AF-S won’t be helpful because, when you half-press the shutter button and the subject starts to move, it won’t update the focus resulting in a blurred photo. To fix this, change your camera’s focusing mode to continuous AF-C as it will always keep updating the focus even if the subject moves.

Dirty Camera Lens

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This is the last case that is possible if you take good care of your camera. Or something might have settled on the lens without your notice. Also, if you are in humid weather conditions, mist might form on your lens resulting in a blurry image. Other cases also include oil marks or just fingerprints. So, make sure to give a look at the lens before taking a word on your camera.

If you have any other suggestions to reduce the outcome of blurred images, let us know in the comments sections below.