GETTING CLEAR PICTURES PART 2
In the last post, we looked at lens flare and how to control it to get less hazy photos. We also looked at how to use it for creative effect. In this post, we’ll look at fuzzy images caused by CAMERA SHAKE, the other most common culprit.
You may notice that your images look blurry on close inspection. This is distinct from haze, which we mentioned above. Blur is caused either by the lens being out of focus, or by the shutter being open for an extended period of time without adequate stability.
In other words, if you are hand-holding the camera, and your shutter speed is too slow, you will get a blurry image.
A simple rule of thumb is to keep your shutter speed at least at 1/60 sec. This will say 60 if you’re looking through the viewfinder. This is a good baseline to avoid camera shake while handholding your camera.
An alternate method is to match your shutter speed to your focal length.
If your lens is set at 100mm, use a shutter of 1/100th sec. If your lens is set at 200mm, use a shutter of 1/200th sec., etc. This will ensure you avoid shaking the camera and blurring the image that way.
You can experiment with the effects of camera shake by putting your camera in Shutter Priority mode and starting with a shutter speed of 1/2 sec. Take a picture and notice the blur. Then move your shutter speed up incrementally and continue taking photos until the photo becomes sharp. This is your threshold shutter speed for sharp photos.
Now if there is something moving that you are taking a picture of, IT might blur if it is going faster than your shutter can capture. Birds, bees, dogs, kids running, etc. might blur even if you don’t have camera shake.
Just remember, the faster your shutter speed, the more any action is frozen and will appear sharp.
That’s it! Have fun and if you have a favorite photo, upload to the SILVER HILL Facebook page to share! You just might see it in the next newsletter edition!
1/2 sec. @ f36
1/60th sec. @ f9