Quick Tips for Getting Super Sharp Focus in Your Photos Every Time!
Are you having a hard time getting super sharp focus in your photos?
You are not alone!
Keep reading for quick tips for getting super sharp focus in your photos every time!
It can be a struggle with even the most advanced photographer. See below for the top tips for making sure your images are crisp, clear and in focus every time you hit the shutter!
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Increase Your Shutter Speed
As a general rule of thumb, you want to make sure that your shutter speed is set to at least double what the focal length of your lens is. So for example if you are shooting with:
50mm lens: shutter speed at a greater than 1/100
100mm lens: shutter speed at or greater than 1/200
200mm lens: shutter speed at or greater than 1/400
Are you starting to get the picture? Good. I tend to set my shutter speed even a little high just to ensure the focus is there.
Set the Focal Point on the Eyes
Do you see all those little red dots in your viewfinder? Those are your focal points. You can set these. The center dot will generally give you the sharpest focus, so as you are learning to get sharper images, use that point. Position the center focal point so that it is directly in line with your subjects eye. Sharp eyes=beautiful portraits.
Check Your Aperture
Shooting at a wide aperture creates beautiful blur in the background. It can also leave room for soft focus in your pictures if you are not careful or if you aren’t sure how to set it correctly. If you are constantly getting soft focus try to increase your f/stop. If you are shooting only one subject, you can set it pretty wide (f/2 or wider) and still get sharp focus. As the number of subjects increases, you could still shoot wide, but just remember to keep them all on the same plane, or in a line. If one person is slightly forward they could be out of focus. Adjust your aperture to the number of subjects in your photo and focus in on the subject who is closest to you. The correct aperture will also help you expose correctly.
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Choose the Right Lens
Some lenses are better than others at giving you sharp photos. ?If you want clear, crisp focus and find that you just aren’t getting what you want with your kit lens, it may be because of that- you are using the lens that came with your camera. Now, you can get into some really expensive lenses that will give you super sharp focus, but you don’t have to spend thousands to get a quality lens. The 50 mm 1.8 is a super option and relatively inexpensive for those of you starting out. You will see instant results with the clarity of this one and it won’t break your bank account! ( This was the first lens that I purchased and I still own it today!)
Check Your Equipment
If you continually notice blurry or soft focus in your photos , there may be an issue with your photography gear. Find a local camera shop and see if they can fix the problem. If your pictures are out of focus no matter which lens you choose, it may be the camera itself. If you notice blurriness on only one lens, that lens may need to be calibrated. If you are using a kit lens, they are not always the sharpest, here are some great starter lenses to check out that aren’t too expensive that you will instantly see the difference in the sharpness of your photos!
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