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Do you ever have problems taking sharp photos with your camera? Or do your photos look blurry? No problem, with these 4 tips you can take sharper photos in no time.

  1. Get warm, comfortable clothes
  2. Use a tripod
  3. Use the different settings of your camera
  4. Edit your photo

#1 Get warm, comfortable clothes

Shooting early in the morning or in the cold winter months is challenging enough. Make sure you are dressed warmly, the colder your body temperature the more you will vibrate, resulting in less sharp photos. Also read our blog about smartphone photography in cold weather.

#2 Use a tripod

Put your camera on a tripod to reduce motion in your photo. Ideal for photographing landscapes, nature or architecture, for example. Wondering which tripod is most suitable for you? Read our 4 tips when choosing a tripod.

#3 Use the different settings of your camera

You can adjust various settings in the menu of most cameras. Here is a small explanation per setting and what influence it has on the sharpness of photos:

    • ISO – Determines how sensitive your smartphone camera is to light. The higher the number, the more light, but also more noise. For the highest sharpness, keep the ISO value as low as possible.
    • Shutterspeed – This is the time a shutter stays open to catch light and take a picture. Basically, a shutter works with values such as 1/200th or 1/10th. The larger the number to the right of 1, the shorter the shutter stays open and the less movement there is in your photo.
    • Aperture – The size of the opening between the lens and the camera. If the aperture has a high value, the lens lets in less light for your photo, but the photo is often sharper.

When used in combination with a tripod, we recommend the following settings as a starting point, adjust them for your own situation:

    • ISO – 400
    • Shutterspeed – 1/200th
    • Aperture – f/2.8 or higher

#4 Edit your photo

Many post-processing programs for the computer such as Lightroom, and apps for your smartphone such as Snapseed have a sharpness or texture function. In your program or app, look for the slider and drag the value up. Note: use this sharpness slider in moderation because you don’t want your photo to look unnatural!

Hopefully, the above tips will ensure that your photos will never be blurry again! Do you have any questions about sharpness and/or settings of photography? Contact us and we will be happy to help you!

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