Stay sharp and avoid blurry photos

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Stay sharp and avoid blurry photos

Blurry photos, every photographer knows it. And sometimes it's really a big frustration. Because how can this happen every time? Why are other people's photos sharp but mine not?

Getting stuck in frustration is not a solution, that's why I want to help you. Step by step, be your coach to solve all your problems and create the most amazing photos you've ever taken together.

And.... more fun in photography. Because after years of coaching people like you, I know one thing for sure: when the frustration has been removed and you can continue to grow, the pleasure will increase visibly.

Let's take a step-by-step look at the possible causes of blurry photos:

1. AF system of your camera
The autofocus (AF) is a very powerful system in your camera. But like many powerful systems, it's also quite complex and things can easily go wrong here. It is important that you take control of your AF.

The starting point is choosing 1 focus point. Just to get that control. Then you can later see how the AF works with, for example, eye detection. And how you can then adjust it if the wrong eyes are chosen for several people in the photo. 

You learn how to control the AF in this free lesson.

2. Your posture, your body as a tripod
Keeping your camera steady is an art or itself. It is extremely important to make a sturdy tripod out of your body. That's why I always use the viewfinder and not the display of my camera. Because if I have to hold my camera still with 2 arms in front of me, then there is no chance.

How then?

First I grip my camera firmly with my left hand under my lens. So not my thumb below and fingers above but the other way around so my camera is on my hand (see attached photo). And I push both elbows into my body. And I make sure that my legs are slightly apart so that I am really solid. I press my camera against my head.

De comfortable wristband ensures that I have all the freedom and yet safe. And that's how I make my photos.

3. The shutter speed
A major cause of blurry photos is the shutter speed. If this is too low, you have a good chance of blurry photos. It is possible that the shutter speed is too slow and that blurring is caused by movement of your camera. But also that you can keep the camera still with the correct attitude/grip as in point 2, but that your subject moves.

What is a good shutter speed then? What's fast enough? That's a tricky question, there's no specific rule for it. To prevent movement of the camera, when using a normal lens up to 60 mm, the unwritten rule must be 1/60 or faster. 

The unwritten rule 1/number of millimeter applies to telephoto lenses. So a telephoto lens at 200 mm is then 1/200 minimum. And this rule works quite well. 

For moving subjects this is a lot more difficult. Because then it turns out that movement and speed are relative to the distance to the camera. That's why I go into this much more deeply in the Everything about Photography course (online with personal guidance) with fun assignments after each lesson.

4. The lens
A much underestimated part of your camera is the lens. We like to invest in a good camera, but the lens also has to be added. And so we sometimes save a little too much on that.

A lens is not just a piece of glass, but it determines, among other things, the color, contrast and sharpness of your photo. In that respect, your lens is even more important than your camera's sensor.

A cheap lens can therefore ensure that you do not get sharp photos. No matter what technique and settings you try. It may help to adjust your lens for back/front focus. I can help you with this.

But investing in a good lens is always more than worth it.

Do you want to take further steps with your photography? Leave your frustrations behind? Are you on your way to your perfect picture? 

Then I would like to be your personal coach and have you there as Golden Hour Member (first month almost free):


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