How to Take Sharp Images – Part 2

In our latest post about taking sharp images, we discussed manually picking your focus and choosing the right mode to shoot at. In this article, we will continue our discussion on taking sharper images.

3. Use the lowest shutter speed possible: many photographers debate about how slow to set your camera if you’re holding it. Some photographers believe 1/60th of a second, but you will need to figure out what works best for you. If I am shooting with a 300 mm lens, then 1/300 is the speed I shoot at to reduce any blur I may get from camera shake. Some lenses will come with image stabilization, allowing you to change these numbers a bit. You also need to consider how steady your hands are. Anytime you are holding the camera to take your photos, find a stable position, hold your breath, then take the shot.

4. Use the back button focus option: most cameras use the shutter button as a default for focusing. Most DSLR cameras have the option of using back button focusing, though. It is widely debated whether or not in the back button focus is better. It does allow you to separate the shutter button and focus, though, so you can focus with your thumb and take the photo with your forefinger. There are many times that I use back button focus to help me with my photography. When I take a portrait in one the subject to be off center, I feel that using the back button focus helps me to get a sharper picture. It helps me also when I am photographing a target that is moving, or when I am taking photos in low light and need to use a flashlight or other form of light. To me, in these instances, it just is to make things more simple. Switching to back button focus can take time to get used to. Once you learn to do it, though, you will likely never look back.

The next time you take photos, try using these methods to help you get a sharper image. Join me in my next article when I cover the final tip for making your images sharper.