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Avoiding Blurry Pictures

by Canvas Press | March 4, 2009

Blurry Picture

One of you recently posted a comment on our blog asking,

Is there any way I can save pictures taken out of focus on my d60 Nikon?

Those nifty crime shows have led us to believe any blurry image can be made sharp with the right computer software. While this is not true, you can use Adobe Photoshop to add a small amount of sharpening.

Filter< Sharpen< Unsharpen Mask

Sharpening more than 150% at a radius of 1 will cause your images to look grainy and computer generated.

Tips for Preventing Blurry Snapshots

  1. The lens on Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras should be set to auto instead of manual focus.
  2. Take multiple shots. 9 times out of 10 you will have one print that is not blurry in the bunch.
  3. Find a source of stabilization such as a tripod or fence.
  4. Take a step back. It is hard for your camera to focus if you are extremely close tothe subject.
  5. Point-and-shoot cameras usuallyhave face detection software thereforeyou do not need toadjust your camera settings.
  6. When using an SLR trymanually selecting your focal point. This allows you to control your focus.

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Tips-n-Tricks #170

Before you turn your DSLR off always reset your settings to a "default" setting that you are comfortable with (i.e. 200 iso, 125th shutter speed, widest aperture setting, and Auto White Balance). This gives you a consistent starting base every time you use your camera.


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