I love taking photos with my digital camera. It is so much fun. I have thousands of photos of the kids, our family adventures and even our new home. It is easy to take photos with the digital camera, because I can quickly delete any unwanted photos. There is no waste.
But one thing that I have been noticing lately, is that my photos have not been coming out as sharp as I would like. Partly, I think this is because of the fact that photos are so easy to delete. I don’t make as much effort as I would with a film camera. But, the problem is that I wind up missing some precious moments, when the images come out fuzzy. Sometimes I don’t even realize how bad the photos are, until I get them on a bigger screen.
So I did some research on getting sharp photos and here are the results:
Most people, it seems, use only one hand to hold the camera when they take a photo. Using two hands will give you much more stability, and make it more likely to have a sharp photo. For even more stability, try bracing your body against a solid object, such as a wall or bench.
Tripods are another great option for sharp photos. There is no better way to ensure stability than with a tripod. Tripods come in all sizes, and you can even get tabletop models, or ones that can temporarily attach to railings.
Another aspect of digital photography that can prevent your photos from being sharp is low levels of light. Try using the flash, to see if that helps, and turn on all of the lights when shooting photos indoors.
Finally, if you are using an auto focus, your camera might be focusing on the wrong object, such as something in the background. Make sure that the focus window is centered properly. You can always focus first on something by pressing lightly on the button, and then moving the camera to adjust the frame as needed. Then press the button all of the way down to take the photo.
Mary Ann Romans also writes for the Frugal Living Blog here at Families.com, where she shares money saving tips for today’s families.