Shoot Sharp Pics Like A Pro

November 15th, 2021 by

A young woman using a DSLR camera

Whether you take photos for your blog, social media, or business, you want them to look amazing. If your images are less than professional quality, they can detract from your brand. To improve the quality of your DSLR images, see this article.

Tip #1: Always Check Your Focus by Zooming In

You can check the sharpness of your pictures by zooming in on the LCD screen on the back of your camera. A lack of sharpness will let you know you should make some changes. To check for sharp focus, press the image review button and zoom in to the subject. If the edges are pixelated, you need to adjust your settings.

Tip #2: Faster Shutter Speed Produces Sharper Focus

Make sure you set your shutter speed to 1/125 or higher if you’re using manual or semi-manual mode. Anything slower will result in blurry photos. By using a fast shutter speed, like 1/500 or 1/1000, you will freeze the movement of your subject. For reference, choose a shutter speed of at least 1/500 when photographing children.

Tip #3: Pick a Specific Focal Point For a Sharp Focus

By default, your camera will automatically try to detect where it should focus unless you change its focus mode. As the photographer, only you truly know which part of your image you want sharp. Make sure you use single-point focusing if you have the option. You can then choose the focal point and position it over your subject.

Tip #4: Make Your Photos Laser-Sharp by Utilizing Continuous Focus Mode

When you photograph moving objects, the continuous focus mode can help you achieve sharp focus. If you partially press the shutter button, Continuous Focus Mode will continue to focus and refocus on your subject until you press the shutter button down entirely.

Tip #5: Pay Attention to Contrasts

It is your camera’s job to locate a point of contrast in which to focus. The camera may not be able to capture focus on a cheek on a face, but could capture focus on the eye because the color and brightness differ from everything else around the eye. When choosing your focal point, choose one that contrasts with the rest of the composition.

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Tip #6: Lock Your Elbows and Hold Your Breath

Blurry photos are more likely to occur when you hold your camera versus when you use a tripod. Imagine yourself as a human tripod. Hold your breath, keep your elbows tight against your body and then press the shutter button.

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