Eliminate blurry photos
October 22, 2004
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I always take pictures using a scene mode. Pictures I take holding the camera look shaky, while pictures taken using a tripod come out perfect. Also, after focus lock, if there is a movement in some part of the focused object, that part becomes blurred. Why does this happen?
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, chances are it's a combination of two factors:
- The scene mode you're choosing slows the shutter speed too much.
- You're rushing your shots.
First, try operating in program mode instead of scene mode; most point-and-shoot programs will keep the shutter speed high enough to avoid camera shake.
If your shots still come out blurry, try to be more deliberate about your technique:
- Relax, brace your arms against the sides of your body, and take a deep breath and hold it, not by tensing up your body, but by simply delaying the exhale.
- Then squeeze the shutter gently--don't jab it--and count to two before you move.
You should always hold the camera firmly with both hands. If those two tips don't work, it's possible that the camera is too small or awkward for you to hold or too light to keep still. You may also want to avoid caffeine beforehand.
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