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How to Get Tack-Sharp Eyes, Every Time

How to Get Tack-Sharp Eyes, Every Time

Have you heard of the expression “the eyes are the window to the soul?” The reason that expression has persisted for as long as it has is because if there is some truth in it. When you look somebody in the eyes you can tell a lot about them—what they’re feeling, sometimes even with they’re thinking. Without sharp eyes in a photograph, you lose some aspect of your subject’s personality. So the question then becomes this: how do you get tack sharp eyes every time?
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8 Ways to Steady Your Camera Without A Tripod

8 Ways to Steady Your Camera Without A Tripod

“You should have shot that with a tripod.”

Ah, those hated words. They’re meant to be helpful, they really are. But it’s advice that doesn’t always mean anything, because sometimes you just can’t shoot with a tripod. So what do you do? Here are 8 ways to steady your camera if you don’t have a tripod handy.
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Ask David: The scourge of photography: Blurry Images

Ask David: The scourge of photography: Blurry Images

Has this happened to you? You pack up your camera and go to a football game. It’s a great game, and you’re sure you’re capturing some fabulous images. You’ve got a perfect, clear view of the field, a good telephoto lens and shots of all the best moments. When you arrive home, you can’t wait to see what you’ve got. You load the memory card up on your computer and you open up your photos in Photoshop and…

They’re all blurry. Every single one of them. What happened?
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Back Button Focusing For Tack Sharp Focus

Back Button Focusing For Tack Sharp Focus

It’s one of those unshakable, unquestioned truths of life, as certain as the tax man and the fact that the sun is going to make a reappearance when the night is over. To focus your camera, you push the shutter button down halfway.

But here’s the thing: that’s not the only way to focus a DSLR. It might not even be the best way to focus a DSLR.

Wait, what? Did the moon stop orbiting the earth? I promise you, it’s still there. But it is true that that one unshakable tenet of photography is not actually as unshakable as you thought it was.
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Tack-Sharp Images Using the Reciprocal Rule

Tack-Sharp Images Using the Reciprocal Rule

Intermediate With all the rules and laws for photography, it’s a wonder who came up with them. Just like rules, some are made to be broken, with a creative influence, while others are better off being followed. The Reciprocal Rule is one that ought to be followed. It is a relatively simple rule once you wrap your head around it. What is means is that to be able to handhold your camera without any recognizable camera shake, and thus blurring, in the image, the shutter speed should be at least the reciprocal of the focal length of the lens you’re using. Sounds complicated, but it’s really not in when you apply it.
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Advanced Steps to Sharper Pictures

Advanced Steps to Sharper Pictures

One of the basic goals of a photographer is to have a sharp image, unless you’re going for a stylistic blur. If you placed two photographers in the same spot with the same lighting, and even the same camera, I can guarantee you that it doesn’t mean they will both get the same sharpness to their photos. To help ensure sharper images, try these tips.
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7 Tips for Getting Razor-Sharp Photos Every Time

7 Tips for Getting Razor-Sharp Photos Every Time

Not every photograph is meant to be sharp. There are times you’ll intentionally blur an image, such as in sports photography when you’re capturing a racecar zooming around the track and want to show speed. Then again, there are times you want to stop the action and have a sharp image, like this pooch running on the beach! The majority of the time, you are going to want your pictures to be crystal clear and sharp and in some cases, it’s the camera that makes the difference while in others it’s the photographer and post-processing software. Let’s break this down into 7 helpful tips.
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Should I Set The Sharpness Level On My Camera?

Should I Set The Sharpness Level On My Camera?

Your camera does a lot more to your images than you think. Just as you take a picture, your camera adjusts the white balance and the sharpness for you. How much it does this depends on the settings you give it. With that, many readers have wondered if they should even bother setting the sharpness level on their cameras. Is it worth it, or does it just end up giving you a lot less freedom later on?
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How To Take Sharper Pictures

How To Take Sharper Pictures

A few weeks ago, we talked about why sharpening is important and what you can do to sharpen your images in post production with software like Adobe Photoshop Elements. Now that you’re armed with this knowledge, why not take it one step further? Why not learn how to take sharper images from the very start so you don’t have to worry about sharpening them later on? Let’s dive into it!
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How To Take Photos of Fast Moving Sports Without Blurring The Subject

How To Take Photos of Fast Moving Sports Without Blurring The Subject

You know what it’s like. You’ve lined up the perfect shot and pressed the shutter at the right moment only to find out later on that everything is blurred. This is one of the biggest frustrations for beginner, and even experienced, sports photographers. It is the moment when people begin to question the camera setup they just purchased, often wondering if those hundreds and thousands of dollars could have been better spent elsewhere.

There is no need for frustration. With an understanding of the environmental factors that come into play, you can anticipate the steps you need to take to capture the moment. Be patient, set your camera up for success, and watch as great action shots emerge.
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The Top 4 Causes of Blurry Photos, And How To Fix Them

The Top 4 Causes of Blurry Photos, And How To Fix Them

Nothing is more annoying than getting home from an event and realizing that most of your photos have turned out blurry. There are 4 major causes of blurry photos in digital cameras and unless you know what to look for, it’s hard to tell what is causing the problem. Read on to learn each of these causes, and how to fix it.
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What is Anti-Blur Mode, and can it help my photography?

What is Anti-Blur Mode, and can it help my photography?

A lot of cameras come with an Anti-Blur mode. This is marketed to reduce blur in your photos; particularly when indoors or at twilight. But does it work, and how can it help with your photography?

Does Anti Blur Mode work? Yes it does. It can stop (or limit) blurry photos caused by low light.

Should I purchase a camera with Anti Blur? No. Don’t purchase a camera just because it has an Anti Blur Mode. As I explain below, Anti Blur is actually just a marketing name for a feature that almost all cameras have already!

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Avoiding Shake – How To Hold A Digital Camera

Avoiding Shake – How To Hold A Digital Camera

Digital Point and Shoot Cameras have a wonderful LCD screen that gives you a preview of your shot. This is really great when learning to take better photos, as you can see what the photo will look like before you take the shot.
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