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10 Great Tips to Sharpen Your Images | Backdrop Express Blog

10 Great Tips to Sharpen Your Images

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Photography Tips

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A photographer must focus on several important things when shooting photographs: the subject, the photo background, correct lighting, and the camera in use. Understanding the settings on your camera is key to maximizing its performance and the quality of your photos.  Here are some basic photography tips to help you sharpen your skills.

1. Start With The Right Shutter Speed

Understand that blurred motion and incorrect shutter speed go hand in hand. Two points must be considered: shutter speed to focal length and crop sensor to magnification effects. Example: For best results at 30mm, set the shutter speed to 1/30 of a second. For a crop sensor, the better adjustment is 1/45 of a second.

2. Use a Tripod

Sometimes our hands can quiver. It can be pressure related, or merely a physical attribute that varies between different people. When adjusting the shutter speed is insufficient, use a tripod to steady the camera and reduce blur.

3. Find The Right Focal Point

Kill the auto focus. Pictures reflect your point of view. Focus on the point that draws your natural eye and you will get a better photo.

Photo Credit: Robert Maschke

4.  Base ISO

Stabilization enables you to shoot at slower shutter speeds thus reducing blur and narrower apertures. For a crisp photo with reduced noise background, set the ISO somewhere between 100-200.

5. Use a Good Lens

A bad lens produces a poor photo. To cover the greatest range of focal lengths, purchase a cost efficient prime lens in the range of 35 to 50mm at 1.8. It is a quick and effective solution to problems involving image quality.

6.  Find your Lens’ Sweet Spot

The applied aperture directly affects field depth and image blurs. For the best chances of capturing a crisp image, try to hold the aperture at around f/8. This helps ensure a clear focus.

7.  Use a Clean Lens

This is a no-brainer. You can apply the best of photography techniques or utilize the greatest photography equipment on the market, but piddle around with poor camera maintenance and your photos will lack quality. Keep the lens clean. Utilize a lens cover. Practice daily maintenance.
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Photo Credit: Rudolf Vlcek

8.  Utilize Lighting Conditions

Light establishes mood. There may be times when you desire a darkened image, but usually, better lighting enables better photos. Direct flash is sometimes necessary. An off camera flash bounced off a ceiling is good. Daylight is best.

9.  Stabilize the Image

Some modern photography equipment incorporates a stabilization unit. This enables sharper pictures while working from narrower apertures and/or slower shutter speeds. If your system utilizes stabilization technology, and you are not shooting from a tripod, turn it on. The photos will reveal the power of the technology.

10.  RAW Mode

JPG and Bitmapped images sacrifice details during computer conversions. RAW mode eliminates this loss. Advanced sharpness controls are also among the many advantages of RAW mode. Capture a cleaner shot that is also more computer-friendly to the original picture.

-Backdrop Express Photography Team

Interested in learning more tips for creating higher quality photos? Read 17 Composition Guidelines to Enhance Your Portraits!

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