You're fairly new to photography and you keep taking blurry photographs but don't know why?
It's starting to put you off using your DSLR Camera and don't know what to do to start taking better photographs.
Well there are a few basic things that you're probably doing that's causing this issue for you but first of all check your glass is clean.
Make sure the lens you are using is clean and free from smudges, marks, grease etc.
First take a look at both ends of your lens and give it a clean....
Make sure there are no bits of git or anything abrasive on it, if there are use a blower or brush to remove it.
The use a something like a Zeiss Lens Wipe which is basically like a wet wipe but for your lens to clean any greasy finger marks off your lens
Give it a few seconds to dry then use a smooth / soft lint free cloth to finish with.
Remember to do this both ends of your lens and once cleaned don't put your fingers on the glass again.
Now your lens is clean and free from smudges we need to take a look at how you take your photographs and the settings that you are using to capture your photographs.
Place you camera on a multi-point focus setting so this will then make a much of your photograph in focus as possible.
When you take your photograph you need to give your cameras autofocus chance to do its magic, so compose your shot in your viewfinder, Half Press your shutter button and hold it there. Your focus points should then turn from red to black. This means the camera autofocus has set correctly, now you can continue to press down your shutter button.
In good light, this will take a fraction of a second and you may miss the process in your viewfinder as you concentrate on you shot. In bad light, a darker day, or on an evening its going to take slightly longer for this process to happen and this is often a point where people make a mistake and take their photo too quickly before the autofocus is ready and it's one of the reasons why photos sometimes turn out blurry.
Another potential issue is your shutter speed... If its too slow, even with the autofocus set as above, you will end up with a blurry photo. This happens because as you press the shutter button down to capture your photo, you will move your camera slightly and because of the slow shutter speed the photo isn't taken quickly enough by the camera to compensate for your movement.
Hand held shots need your shutter speed to be at least 1/80th second with a very steady hand, I personally usually try not to go below 1/125th second.
Depending on whether you are using Shutter Priority or Aperture Priority you need to adjust your settings.
In shutter priority you have control of your shutter speed so you can easily adjust it to a correct speed.
In aperture priority you'll need to either adjust your ISO up which will increase your shutter speed, lower your Aperture Number (F number) which again will increase your shutter speed or you can do a combination of the 2 to up the shutter speed.
As already mentioned, if you are taking photographs in poor light, a darker area or at night you will need to adjust your other settings to up your shutter speed. But as you do that the quality of your photographs may start to deteriorate with lots of grainy photos as a result. One of the things you can do is to place your camera on a tripod and use a lower shutter speed and that needs another blog article to explain using a tripod for your photography (see Below)
Make sure your lens are clean and free from finger marks, grease and smudges.
Set to Multi-Focus points.
Compose your shot and Half Press, wait for the autofocus squares to turn black, then full press for your photo.
When shooting Hand Held, Make sure your shutter speed is at least 1/80th - preferably a minimum of 1/125th.
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