My Top 3 Tips For Creating Sharper Images


One of the most common questions I get asked in my photography education group is, “WHY are my images so blurry?” There are many things that play into the clarity of your image. In this post, I am going to share my top three tips for creating sharper images.

Check Your Gear

The first tip that I ALWAYS recommend is to get your lenses and your camera body calibrated. Contrary to popular belief, your brand new gear does NOT come out of the box calibrated. You have to get them calibrated regularly. I like to get mine calibrated between wedding seasons which is roughly every 4-6 months. When your calibration is off on either your lens or your camera, your focus points are off. This leads to, you guessed it, out of focus and blurry images. There are ways for you to calibrate it yourself, but I recommend finding a local camera shop to do it.

Check Your Aperture

Once you have completed step one, if you still have out of focus images I recommend examining your f stop. If you are unsure what aperture is and what it is in reference to your camera, I want you to download my FREE Guide to Manual Mode! If your f stop is too low to compensate, then you may have some parts of your image out of focus. It is important that your f stop number is high enough to ensure that your entire subjects are in focus.

bride and groom kissing while their bridal party cheers around them outside
Aperture: f9.0

Check Your Shutter Speed

My third and final tip is to make sure your shutter speed is not too low. Shutter speed gets slept on a little in the exposure triangle. It can be seen as the setting that balances the triangle out with a few adjustments. This leads some to believe that it has little impact on the overall exposure of the image. Here’s the thing, if your shutter speed is too low it CAN cause motion blur. The lower the shutter speed, the longer the shutter stays open. This allows motion blur to be captured. Ensuring that you have a high shutter speed is key to prevent motion blur.

bride and groom kiss under fireworks during their sendoff
Shutter Speed: 1/30
bride and groom holding hands kissing in a green field
Shutter Speed: 1/1600

Ready to Create Sharper Images?

Understanding your camera and mastering manual mode is key in creating sharper images. You can download my Free Guide to Manual Mode to jumpstart your manual mode journey. I also have created a Manual Mode Mini Course that simplifies each component of manual mode. Plus, my go to settings and my troubleshooting method.

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I am a light and airy Motherhood and Wedding photographer based in Southeast Alabama. I am also a photography educator for beginner photographers looking to learn their camera and launch their dream biz!

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