Getting Sharper Photos With Your Camera

Happy Monday, Sweet Things!  How was your weekend?  Can you believe it is now officially spring?!  I don’t think I’ve ever been so impatient for spring’s arrival as I am this year!  Winter was just plain cold this time around!

Today, I’m back with a few tips for getting sharper photos with your camera.  If there is one thing that used to frustrate me more than anything, it was fuzzy photos!  Let’s take a look at some of the things that will help you get things in focus and make your final photo editing even better!

Clear photos begin with your camera & the act of taking the photo.  Yes, photo editing helps correct things somewhat, but it can only correct so much.  Here is a list of things to consider:

1.  Light and movement are probably the two most important factors affecting the clarity and definition in a photo.  Given too little or too much light, your camera won’t be able to focus as well on what it’s supposed to be taking a photo of.  A tripod is definitely a best friend when it comes to keeping your camera steady!  Try setting the timer on your camera too to ensure a steady image capture.

2.  Experiment with the distance between your camera and the object you are trying to photograph.  Sometimes cameras will focus better when farther from an object.

3.  If using a camera with interchangeable lenses, try using a prime lens rather than a zoom lens.  (Prime lenses only have one focal length/do not zoom in or out)  Prime lenses are known for their clean, crisp shots.  I currently use a 35mm lens on my Nikon camera and love it.

4.  When taking a photo, be sure the focal point your camera is using (that little rectangle you see in the view finder) is focused on the area you want clear in your photo.  Press the shutter button halfway down at first to allow your camera to focus on the area you have selected and then push the button the rest of the way down.

5.  Pay attention to the colors and materials of the backgrounds & surfaces you use in your photos.  Some colors and materials tend to reflect more light than others and can affect the overall appearance of your photos. I took a photo of a card ignoring some of the above advice just to show you some of the subtle, but undesirable differences…

2014 Mar24 ClarityBefore

What exactly did I do for this photo?  I did not use a tripod, I took the photo in direct sunlight and I used a white surface on which to photograph my card. Now take a look at what happened when I moved my set up into indirect sunlight, mounted my camera on a tripod and switched out the white base for a neutral colored base.

2014 Mar24 ClarityAfter

Notice the subtle change in clarity in the sentiment?  It really is the little things that make a big difference when it comes to achieving clearer photos!  If you can start with clear photos before beginning the editing process, just think what your photos will look like after editing! Here is my final photo:

2014 Mar24 ClarityFinal

A little brightening and sharpening was all I needed to refine the photo!  Clear photos are something that all of us want to share on our blogs and with just a little attention to a handful of things, you’ll find your editing will go a lot more smoothly and quickly! In my card today, I used the Elegant Sentiments set.

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April will soon be here and do you know what that means?!  Not one, but two new Sweet Releases are coming up!  Head on over and join the April Sweet Release Event Page on Facebook so you don’t miss anything!

So tell me, what frustrates you the most when you are trying to get good photos of your cards?  Leave a comment below and then come say hi over at Oh, Smudge! where I share more Clean & Simple card designs as well as everyday photography!

I’ll be back in a couple weeks to share even more photography tips!

Enjoy your week!

Hugs, Melissa


12 Responses to Getting Sharper Photos With Your Camera

  1. Dorina D says:

    THANKS for all the great tips. Can’t wait to put them to use, when I get a new camera next month. Love your blogs on photography.

  2. Great post Melissa, yup photography can be a card makers biggest enemy!

  3. Judy1223 says:

    Yep, another great photography lesson, as I suspected it would be! Thanks for the tips AND I love your card, Melissa!

  4. andreagray says:

    great tips, melissa!!!

  5. Samantha M says:

    Your series is amazing!!! I always learn so much!!! I can’t thank you enough for these awesome tips!!! I think what frustrates me most when I take picture is light and height! I am either too high up or too far down! Ugh! Your crisp and clear photos always make your cards SHINE!! And the bright orange is to die for!!

    • Melissa says:

      Aw, thanks Samantha! 🙂 I’m so happy to hear someone is learning something from this series! Getting the right angle on a photo IS a challenge, isn’t it?!

  6. Can I tell you how much I LOVE this feature?! You sweet girls are the ones that got me to sign up with pic monkey, which I super love. Thank you for all the great tips and I’ve been making my own watermarks too…THANK YOU!!!

  7. katie brooks says:

    this is great, thank you for the tutorial!

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