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Rosina Horst
 

Why my photos are blurry


 
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The aperture is f-2.7 the shutter speed is 20/100 seconds the zoom on my camera is 4.7 to 23.5mm
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My photos seem to be getting rather blurry not very bad but enough that it doesn't look nice. I use a tripod and when I don't it is not like I am shaking that the picture should be getting blurry. Is there anything I can do different or is it just that I should get a better camera?


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6/16/2016 11:59:57 AM

 
Linda G. Yee
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/28/2002
  Sometimes, motion blur is not the result of you moving the camera, but of something gently moving your subject. It is possible that this is what is happening on your photos of plants. Even the slightest breeze can cause a blur if your shutter speed is too slow.

Also, do you keep image stabilization on when you are shooting from a tripod. As odd as this sounds, your blur may come from having image stabilization switched on. But the camera sometimes tries to compensate for motion that is not there causing the blur.

Also, check your dof and focal points on an image. If either one of these values is off, you will get images that are not as clear and sharp as they could be.

Hope this helps.

Happy Shooting,
Linda Yee


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6/19/2016 12:01:06 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2011
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  My flower shots are not always sharp but I have found that the following helps.

1. Use an ISO of 400
2. Use a macro lens if possible.
3. Use live view to focus
4. Use mirror lock up ( live view usually takes care of this)
5. If possible, shoot indoors
6. If outside, use 5.6 and below (like 2.8)
7. Use a cable release and a tripod.
8. To make sure all the flower is in focus, shoot wide then
crop.

I used to be able to hand hold and get some fairly sharp shots but this is no longer the case. If I am not using a tripod, the ISO has to be higher and the f stop no more than f8.

Hope this helps.


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6/19/2016 7:29:34 PM

 
Rosina Horst   Thanks ladies for your tips. I will have to try some of them. Hopefully it does help. I did find one little bit of a solution though, I used to always take flower pictures after supper between 7:00 and 8:00 P.M. so the slightest breeze did cause blur because my shutter speed was to slow so instead I have been waking earlier in the mornings and shooting flower pictures then. Thanks again and any more tips are welcome. Rosina


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6/24/2016 11:37:33 AM

 
Teresa Letkiewicz
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/7/2014
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  Rosina,
You mentioned that you use tripod. In that case, make sure that you turn off stabilizer on your lens. I found that it made a huge difference in my images.
Don't forget to turn the stabilizer on for hand-held pictures (I failed to do that many times!). :-)
Teresa


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6/25/2016 7:09:34 AM

 
Rosina Horst   Well yes Teresa I do use a tripod but confess that it is a rather flimsy you that BADLY needs replaced so actually most of the time I don't use one.


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6/27/2016 11:25:36 AM

 
Joepet A. Macariola   The four main causes of blurry photos are:

Out Of Focus
The subject moves while the shutter is open
The camera moves while the shutter is open
Depth Of Field is too shallow..


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9/4/2016 8:02:39 PM

 
Joepet A. Macariola   The four main causes of blurry photos are:

Out Of Focus
The subject moves while the shutter is open
The camera moves while the shutter is open
Depth Of Field is too shallow.. but you can edit that pictures by using software.


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9/4/2016 8:03:38 PM

 
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