Coming home from a successful photo session only to discover that the wonderful photo you thought you had nailed (and which appeared crystal clear on the LCD of your camera) is blurred takes guts.
When a picture is shaky or blurry, it’s usually because we didn’t shoot fast enough to freeze the action or the camera wasn’t properly stabilised.
It’s not something that we, at Xataka Foto, would wish on anyone. If you own a compact or an SLR, these eight pointers will come in handy:
Make use of a tripod or camera stabiliser.
As much as possible, we will use a tripod to keep the camera still when we are shooting with it in our hands. No movement in the scene means that it will not be altered.
To Avoid Carrying A Tripod, You Can Stabilise The Camera Wherever You Are.
Set the camera’s timer to two minutes before you take the photo.
We can use the shot timer in addition to the previous advice. If you don’t touch the camera while you’re shooting, there will be less movement on the image.
Cameras typically have two delay settings: one for autofocus and one for manual focus (2 and 10 seconds). With short delay times, we don’t have to wait for more than ten seconds. This delay is ideal for self-portraits.
Use Caution When Using The Timer; It Can Only Be Used In Static Scenes Or You’ll Miss The Opportunity.
The ISO setting should be raised to compensate for the increased light sensitivity of the sensor.
Another thing that’s required is more sensitivity. We’ll be able to shoot at higher speeds as the sensitivity is increased. Increase it as much as you can without compromising the image’s quality by adding noise to the mix. Learn what ISO setting your camera can handle and stick to it.
Allow The Diaphragm To Expand.
There isn’t an issue with the SLR. Only manual controls will allow us to do this in the compact. More light enters the sensor when the diaphragm is opened, allowing us to shoot at a faster rate. If we’re in a low-light situation, widening the aperture will help reduce the likelihood of a blurry photo.
Increasing The Rate Of Fire
It’s a faster camera, so there are fewer blurry photos to worry about. As with the previous tip, we can only use this if our camera has manual controls.
Increase the rate of fire with caution. We’ll be underexposed if we pass the shot. We’re not sure if we’re interested or not. Be sure to pay attention to your camera’s exposure metre and find the sweet spot where you can capture a clear image without overexposing it.
Use A Stabiliser If Necessary.
The majority of today’s cameras come pre-programmed with it enabled by default. Activating the image stabiliser will greatly assist us in preventing our photos from becoming blurry, so don’t forget to check it out.
A panning mode is available on some cameras that have two types of stabilisation. Find out which camera you have and turn it on.
Use Caution When Enlarging Images.
Since a longer focal length requires a faster shutter speed to freeze a scene, higher zoom increases the likelihood of a blurry photo.
Getting closer and using less zoom, on the other hand, reduces the shutter speed needed, so getting closer and using shorter focal lengths isn’t a bad idea.
Make Use Of Your Camera’s Flash.
If none of the aforementioned methods work, we’ll have to resort to using the flash. Because of the flash, the scene will be better illuminated, increasing the speed of the camera.