How to Shoot Sharper Photographs
As an aspiring photographer, your most basic aim in life is to shoot sharper and clearer images. However, this can be quiet hard to achieve. Though there are several reasons as to why you would end up with poor quality images, it still, always, boils down to your own mistakes at the end of the day. So, the next time you find yourself shooting images that look like they’ve been shot by a kindergartner, try following these tips to make things right.
Positioning and Movement
One of the major causes of blurred images is the lack of steadiness while holding the camera. The problem with photography is that, even the slightest shake or movement can result in your photos being blurred. Fortunately, there are many ways to solve this. For starters, you could try practicing the right way to hold your camera without shaking it. As you keep practicing, you’ll gradually get the hang of it.
If that’s too much, you can always invest in a tripod. However, tripods don’t make sense in every situation, especially if you need to move around a lot. The other option would be to invest in an Image Stabilization Lens. Image Stabilization lenses, as the name suggests, stabilize your photography and help you achieve sharp images. So, if you’re willing to spend, then these lenses can be of great help.
Improved focus is one of the top contributors to good photography and sharper images. So, learn to focus properly. If you’re using auto-focus ensure that the subject you’re shooting is in focus. Do not expect the camera to do everything on its own. If you can’t get the auto-focus setting right, try switching to manual focus. Focusing is very important, especially if you’re shooting with a low depth of field, in which case, even the slightest change in focus can result in poor quality images.
Having a faster shutter speed can go a long way in eliminating blurs caused by both subject movement, as well as camera movement. The general rule of thumb for shutter speed is to opt for one that has a higher denominator than the lens’ focal length.
For instance, if you have a lens with 50mm focal length, then your shutter speed must be ideally set to 1/60th of a second.
Aperture & ISO
Aperture has an effect on your depth of field, so lowering your aperture will increase the focus on both, close and distant subjects. Increasing the aperture, on the other hand, will cause either the foreground or background to go out of focus, which means you will have to be specific about the area you’re focusing on. Also remember that the higher your aperture, the shorter your shutter speed and vice versa.
As for ISO, the lower it is, the clearer your image will be. However, how low you keep the ISO depends on the kind of image you want to capture. For instance, a higher ISO can give you a smaller aperture and faster shutter speed, which is ideal for sharp images, but you won’t get that crisp clarity that comes with a low ISO. At the end of the day, it’s all about finding the right balance.