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Ask David: The scourge of photography: Blurry Images

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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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Break the Focus Rule

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Break the Focus Rule

Ah, the focus rule. That’s the one that you learned first. You probably learned it the first time you picked up a camera, even if it was just a point and shoot that didn’t actually give you the ability to control the focus. You remember, your mom looked at your pictures and said, “Oh, that’s so cute, shame it isn’t in focus”.

It really is the first thing we learn as photographers: focus, shoot.

But like every other so-called “rule” of photography, it isn’t completely unbreakable. Sometimes an out-of-focus photograph can be better than an in-focus shot of the same subject. But when?
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Tips for Great Candlelight Photography

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Tips for Great Candlelight Photography

Want to create a romantic or dramatic mood in your next photo? Try candlelight as a lighting choice. Candle lit photos are absolutely beautiful when taken correctly. As this is a low light situation, there are some tricks to make sure your photos are correctly exposed. Read on for some tricks for taking great photos by candlelight.
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Tack-Sharp Images Using the Reciprocal Rule

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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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The Three Benefits of Using a Tripod

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The Three Benefits of Using a Tripod

One thing that seems to separate the photographer pros from the amateurs is gear. If you see a photographer on the street with multiple lenses, bags, and cameras, you’d likely assume him or her to be a serious hobbyist or a professional. One of those pieces of equipment that usually stands the pro apart from the beginner is a tripod. Why? Because if it’s perceived as cumbersome or additional work, must amateurs won’t bother with it. Kind of like the difference between those who get out of their cars to take a photo versus those who just roll down the window!

If you’ve looked for a tripod, you know that they come in many sizes, but they all serve one main purpose, and that’s to add stability to ensure a sharp image. I’ll give you three good reasons you should separate yourselves from the amateurs and take the time to set up a tripod. The few seconds to minutes that it takes could make the difference between capturing a great image versus pushing delete, delete, delete…
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7 Tips for Getting Razor-Sharp Photos Every Time

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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 n 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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Ask David: Reducing Blur In Pet Photos

Ask David: Reducing Blur In Pet Photos

No one can argue that camera lenses and cute dogs go together like peanut butter and jelly. After all, who doesn’t want to capture memories of their dog from puppy to adulthood? Our dogs’ photos go on the mantel, in photo albums, and on our walls just like the rest of the family’s photos do. But, photographing your pup can be a bit of a challenge, as one reader found out. After a few valiant attempts at it, Ramona Samoila e-mailed me her photos and asked for an analysis. Here’s my response, and the happy ending.
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Ask David: Blurry Images, Optical Zoom, and Seeing Double

Ask David: Blurry Images, Optical Zoom, and Seeing Double

Today I start a new regular column answering your photographic questions. I find that I get a lot of common questions from my Ask David page. By answering them here, I hope to help everyone else who might have this problem, and not just the person who asked the question.

Today, we’ll answer questions on blurry images when taking photos of children, how to get sharper images on your camera, using Optical Zoom, what to do when your camera saves 2 copies of your image, and how to take great indoors photos.
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Candlelight Photography – Get Your Camera In The Mood

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Candlelight Photography – Get Your Camera In The Mood

It’s autumn, and winter isn’t too far away. Soon we’ll be spending our nights indoors by the roar of a fire, enjoying the flickering of candles. Have you ever wondered how to take pristine pictures under candlelight when you don’t have that much light to work with in the first place? The following tips will help you setup your camera so you can capture the mood you’re looking for.
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Photography Basics: Shutter Speed

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Photography Basics: Shutter Speed

Nothing could be more fundamental to photography than shutter speed. It determines so much of every picture we take. We can use it to freeze fast motion or to make rushing water blend together and create a beautiful backdrop for a waterfall. Shutter speed controls how bright or dark our photos appear, allowing us to capture the neon lights at night and the glowing sun moving just past the horizon. It is all of these things and more. That’s why understanding shutter speed is absolutely essential for anyone learning photography.
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Focusing On Your Subject

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Focusing On Your Subject

Sometimes, when our photos turn out blurry, it’s because of a focus problem. Your camera has set the focus point on the wrong part of the image. An example is in the image on the right. The camera’s focus point is outside leaving our subject (the boy) blurry and out of focus.
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Fixing Blur Caused By Slow Shutter Speed

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Fixing Blur Caused By Slow Shutter Speed

I have some rather active nephews and when I try to take a snap of them indoors I usually end up with some blurry body parts in my photos. But why does this happen and how can it be fixed?
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Fixing Blurry Images Caused by Shallow Depth of Field

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Fixing Blurry Images Caused by Shallow Depth of Field

Sometimes some of the subjects in your shots are in focus, but other subjects that are a little closer or further away are out of focus.

This is an unwanted side effect of having what’s called a ‘Shallow Depth Of Field’.
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The Top 4 Causes of Blurry Photos, And How To Fix Them

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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?

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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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