The Top Five Photography Tips for Sharper Photos

The Top Five Photography Tips for Sharper Photos

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The Top Five Photography Tips for Sharper Photos

Here is a quick list of the top five photography tips for sharper photos you should know for 2017. Whether you shoot with a DSLR camera or a fixed-lens (point-and-shoot) camera, the following quick tips will help you take sharper photos.

TIP #1: Hold Camera Steady

Holding your camera as steady as possible while taking photos is probably one of the most important things you can do to achieve sharper images. Try tucking your elbows into your chest while composing and taking shots. Also try taking a deep breath, exhale slowly, then hold your breath just before taking a shot. Another thing to try is leaning up against a wall, building, pole, or tree if available to you.

This tip applies to all camera shooters (including smartphone users).

TIP #2: Change Aperture

Try taking your camera out of full auto mode and change the aperture on your camera for sharper images. The “sweet spot” for most lenses is an aperture value between f/5.6 and f/9. As always, experiment and practice to find out what works best for your camera and lenses.

This tip applies mainly to DSLR and fixed-lens (point-and-shoot) camera shooters and works best when applied alongside tip #3 and tip #4.

TIP #3: Change Shutter Speed

Change your shutter speed to a number equal to or slightly higher than the focal length of your lens. For example, if you have an 18-200mm lens on your camera, change your shutter speed to 1/200 or higher. As always, experiment and practice to find out what works best for your your camera and lenses.

This tip applies mainly to DSLR and fixed-lens (point-and-shoot) camera shooters and works best when applied alongside tip #2 and tip #4.

TIP #4: Change ISO

If you changed your Aperture and / or Shutter Speed, then you may need to also change your ISO to achieve a good exposure. ISO measures how sensitive your camera’s image sensor is to light. Be careful not to change it to too high of a value. High ISO values will introduce what is called digital noise (or grain) to your images. It is best to experiment with you camera and lenses to determine what works best for you, or what is an acceptable amount of digital noise for the types of images you are creating.

This tip applies mainly to DSLR and fixed-lens (point-and-shoot) camera shooters and works best when applied alongside tip #2 and tip #3.

TIP #5: Use Image Stabilizer

If your camera or lens comes equipped with image stabilization, then it is always best to enable it when you are hand-holding your camera. Refer to our bonus tip below for additional information.

This tip applies mainly to DSLR and some fixed-lens (point-and-shoot) camera shooters.

BONUS TIP: Use Tripod

If you have a tripod, use it if you can — you will almost always achieve sharper images by mounting your camera on a tripod. It is always best to disable Image Stabilization on your camera or lenses when your camera is mounted to a tripod, otherwise, your camera will try to compensate for camera shake while there will be none, thereby causing images to look soft.

This tip applies to all camera shooters (including smartphone users). 

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