Take Sharp Pictures – Discover THE #1 Reason For Blurry Photos

Great Discovery – Why Many Pictures End Up In The Trash Bin

My goal for this post is to reveal what I consider to be the #1 Reason for Blurry Photos.

Have I mentioned yet that I teach photography? To kids.

That’s right. I get paid to do what I love.

blurry photos - no more
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Once I taught my granddaughter the “secret” about blurry photos, she started getting sharp photos nearly every time. This one was taken in a rather dark restaurant. Notice the nice, sharp foreground in the picture.

In my experience, I have found there is one mistake that is made WAY more than any other, and when I show my young proteges this little secret, they immediately do two things.

First, they have an “aha” moment when the lightbulb goes off in their brain. It’s the lightbulb of photography knowledge and understanding.

Second, their number of “keepers” improves exponentially. Before the moment of enlightenment, they had more losers than winners, and after that moment, almost every shot they take has much less blur than before.

Here it is… THE SECRET…

Press the shutter button down part way so that your camera will focus on the subject. You will often hear a little beep when that happens. DO NOT RELEASE THE SHUTTER BUTTON. Instead, finish the shot by pressing the shutter button the rest of the way down. With this method, you, too, will increase your number of acceptable, blur-less shots.

Too easy? You were expecting some complicated technique?

This is a technique that has, and continues to plague the masses of photographers, yet it is so easy to fix.

Knowledge Is Power

The secret is in the knowing. Once you know what you are doing wrong, it is fairly simple to train yourself to do the right thing.

What most beginners do is “mash” the shutter button when the shot appears in their viewfinder or LCD window. This incorrect technique does a couple of things that are detrimental to good picture taking.

blurry photos? no sir!
To get photos like this without the blur, press the shutter part way down before the action starts so the camera will be in focus (don’t release the shutter button), then take the shot at just the right time in the action.

First, the action of mashing tends to cause camera shake. The camera is pushed by your trigger finger and you end up moving it ever so slightly. But when taking a picture, even the slightest movement causes blur in your image.

The second thing that happens is something called shutter lag. This is the time that it takes to actually capture the image after pressing the shutter button. By pre-focussing (pressing the button part way down), you reduce the time between pressing and capturing. The result is many more good photos, even when you have a camera with longer lag time.

Practice Makes Perfect

Of course, this takes some thought as well as practice.

If you are used to pressing the shutter button all the way without stopping for the camera to focus, you will need to retrain yourself. The best thing to do is get your camera and practice. Practice until it is second nature to do it this way.

One of the best results from getting better pictures more often is that you will want to shoot more. You know this is true. When I was taking so many lousy pictures, I didn’t pick up my camera often because I knew the pictures would be awful. But once I began to hone my technique, I was taking many more pictures, and it was honestly fun and exciting.

I am so glad I stuck with it, and you will be too.

Now, get out and shoot!