Photography Tips :: How To Take Super Sharp Images

Hi there!

Have you ever gotten home from taking photos on your camera, only to realize that many of them are fuzzy, blurry, or simply out of focus? You’re not alone in this issue! Trust me! I’ve had my fair share of frustrations from missed focus or improper settings issues when I first started learning Photography! The key is to learn how to fix those mistakes moving forward!

If you’re having a similar issue, don’t worry! I’m here to help, with just a few simple things you can do to make sure your photos are as sharp as possible!

#1 - Most likely, it’s simply a focus issue.

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You’ll want to look up how to calibrate each of your lenses to your camera. Each lens could be just the tiniest bit off from where you’re telling the camera to focus - which will cause most of your images to be just slightly off on the focus. Sometimes you can’t even tell unless you zoom in.

If you have any any filters on the front of your lens that you don’t need it at the moment, remove it! Sometimes UV or polarizing filters can reduce the sharpness.

Once you’ve done both steps above, switch your camera’s focus mode to a single point. Personally, I always keep my focus mode on the center point. I aim and press my shutter halfway to focus, recompose if needed, then press the shutter the rest of the way to take the photo. It’s easier for you to tell your camera where to focus, rather than it trying to detect what’s in view. For portraits especially, this is how to get eyes in focus and sharp, rather than the nose or cheek.

 

#2 - Steady Your Camera.

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It seems simple enough, but worth mentioning! Steady your arms against your body while holding your camera. You’ll also want to support the camera with your left hand under the lens and base. This will ensure you’re not shaking the camera too much inadvertently!

You’ll also want to make sure you’re keeping your finger rested on your shutter button. When you’re ready to take a photo, it’s much easier to squeeze the shutter button gently, rather than resting your finger beside it or hovering over the shutter and “pushing” the button and moving the camera in the process.

 

#3 - Adjust Your Camera Settings.

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Use a faster shutter speed. Personally, I don’t like to go below 1/160 for portraits, even if they’re sitting still.

Use a sharper aperture. Don’t shoot on the widest aperture available, as the depth of field (i.e. focus) is narrow. Instead, open up the aperture by 2 or more f/stops for a wider depth of field and get more of your subject in focus. When you’re working with a group, try matching the number of people that are in a single line to your aperture! For example, if you’re photographing 2 people, shoot at f/2.0 or 2.8. Four people at f/3.2 or 4.0. Six people at f/5.6 or 6.0, and so on. *Personally, I don’t go above about f/8 even for large groups! I’ve found that for larger groups, I’m far enough away from the group to get them all in focus still. Any more than about 8-10 people, start a second row behind the first, and so on. I also have them stand as close to each other as they can comfortably!

Lower your ISO. The higher your ISO, the more noise or graininess will be in your images. If the ISO is too high, it can make even sharp details look fuzzy.

Of course you won’t need to do all three of these steps at the same time, unless you’re outdoors where there’s plenty of light available. Shooting in Manual will allow you to adjust all three and have the most control over the outcome of your images. Try adjusting one setting at a time and see how it affects your images!

Remember:
Faster Shutter = Less light. / Slower Shutter = More light.
Small Aperture (Higher #) = Less light. / Wide Aperture (Smaller #) = More light.
Lower ISO = Less sensitivity to Light. / Higher ISO = More sensitivity to Light (and more noise)

 
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Just a note about editing: NO amount of editing can fix an image that isn’t in focus. That’s why learning to take sharper photos in-camera is key.

In my classes and one-on-one mentoring, I teach beginner photographers how to nail the exposure, white balance, focus, composition, etc. correct in-camera, so that you don’t teach yourself to rely on editing to fix issues that can be avoided by learning to shoot correctly. If you’re interested in learning more, check out the page at the top named “Classes" under “For Photographers” to see my next in-person beginner photography class dates.

I hope these tips help you! Please let me know in the comments if you’ve been working on this specifically!


Beginner Digital Photography Class :: Knoxville Photographer :: Learn Your Camera & How to take better Photos

I'm so excited to do these Digital Photography classes! Photography is my passion, and my goal for this class is to help you learn your camera and learn the basics of photography to take better photos!

This class is for you, if:
1.) You're a parent wanting to learn to take better photos of your family
2.) You have a camera that you'd like to learn to use correctly in different situations (and get it off auto!) or
3.) You're new to the Photography industry and want to take your photography to the next level! 

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If you're like me, I like to know EXACTLY what to expect! So i'll try to give as much detail about the class as i can! We'll cover: 
Introductions
My personal photography style & philosophy :) (briefly! So you understand a little of my approach.)
How to capture moments, not poses - and the difference in a "snapshot" and a "good" image
Also, training your eye to tell "good" from "bad" photography
Camera Settings, what they mean and when to use them
Composition
Perspective
Finding the Light, using the light available, and the difference in quantity and quality of light
Great Photographs at any age (with some tips & tricks to captivate their attention!)
Tips & Tricks I've learned through the years working with different body types
Incorporating props, background and foreground, even a bit on wardrobe.
Working with Siblings/Groups
Workflow (even give some suggestions for great image editing programs that are free)
Q&A - specific questions about the equipment/lenses/flash you may have

There's so much involved with each of these topics, I can't list them all out here. So, come ready to learn! And don't forget to bring your camera and any lenses or equipment you want to ask about! 

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All the info covered will be provided for you in a nice booklet to refer back to. You'll also be added to the exclusive FaceBook group for class attendees for additional help after the class, if you forget something, or have questions as you practice, or would like critique or how to make an image better. Or just to show off what you've learned! I love seeing before/after examples! 

Also, throughout the course I will give you ideas for how to implement different things, with a couple of "assignments" to start practicing right away! 


The next class is scheduled for January 13, 2018.

This class is roughly 3 hours long, starting at 12:30PM sharp, and packed full of PRACTICAL instruction! This isn't the typical, super-technical college style class...

You'll actually learn HOW to take better photos right away! 

SELECT YOUR CLASS DATE/TIME:

TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, ENROLL TODAY! 
Only 10 spots available for this class!


Are you looking to purchase a new camera? Here's a great review of some beginner DSLR cameras out there! (Just a note, I'm a HUGE fan of the Canon T6i.) 
https://www.reviews.com/digital-camera/dslr/ 

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Just so you know, this is not specifically a class for professional photographers, or those wanting tips on creating a photography business. We will touch on post-processing (editing), but will not go in-depth. 
I do, however, offer one-on-one for business or photographer mentoring. Let me know if you're interested in setting up a consultation to determine if this would benefit you and your business!
I'm also working on a class specifically for the more advanced photographers and those interested in learning more about growing their photography as a business. Just let me know if you'd be interested in that workshop, and I'll be sure to let you know when that's planned! The only prerequisite will be that you take this basic course first, so I know you have a good grasp on these topics first. 

Knoxville Beginner Photography Class :: Knoxville Photographer

I cannot tell you how excited I am to offer classes! Photography is my passion, and what drives me is being able to capture the sweetest moments in life! I am primarily a wedding and newborn photographer - but I can never turn down an opportunity to create beautiful images of a family! There's just something about capturing the emotions and dynamics of a family. It's not about documenting where you are in life, but how you FEEL as a family at this point in time... 
In having a family of my own, I know how important it is to capture the precious milestones... and I know how expensive it can get! Don't get me wrong, I believe there's a great value in having a Professional take your family portraits (with you in the photo and not behind the camera!) because the right photographer can create a true piece of art with an image! (It's part of what I love about photography, the creative freedom to make it wonderful!) 

So that's why I've decided to share with you some of the things that I've learned as a professional, and as a Mom... To show you the things that make a great image, teach you how to use your camera, even how to spot "bad" photography, and how to get past just "snapshots" to creating beautiful images of your own! 

If you're like me, I like to know EXACTLY what to expect! So i'll try to give as much detail about the class as i can! We'll cover:

Introductions
My personal photography style & philosophy, simply for background and encouragement if you're considering a career in photography! :)
How to capture moments, not poses - and the difference in a "snapshot" and a "good" image
Also, training your eye to tell "good" from "bad" photography
Camera Settings, what they mean and when to use them
Composition
Perspective
Finding the Light, using the light available, and the difference in quantity and quality of light
Great Photographs at any age
Incorporating props, background and foreground, even a bit on wardrobe
Working with Siblings/Groups, even some tips on posing different subjects & body types
Workflow (even give some suggestions for great image editing programs, and some that are free!)

There's so much involved with each of these topics, I can't list them all out here. So, come ready to learn! And don't forget to bring your camera and any lenses or equipment you want to ask about!

Extras Included:
All the info covered will be provided for you in a nice booklet to refer back to.
You'll also be added to the exclusive FaceBook group for class attendees for additional help after the class, if you forget something, or have questions as you practice, or would like critique or help on how to make an image better.

Also, throughout the course I will give you ideas for how to implement different things to see improvement right away, with a couple of "assignments" to try at home for practice! 

Just so you know, this is not specifically a class for professional photographers, or those wanting tips on creating a photography business. We will touch on post-processing (editing), but will not go in-depth. Whether or not you shoot in manual, or if you are just beginning in your photography (less than 2 years or aren't seeing consistent work) - I HIGHLY recommend the class! I'm teaching all the skills I wish I had known in my first 6 months to a year building my portfolio! (Would have saved me a lot of time and tears!)

My next photography class will be Saturday, November 7th from 1-4pm. Location is TBD as of now, but will be in the Fountain City area or West Knoxville area. Decided location will disclosed after enrollment, and before the scheduled class time. 

The only requirements are that you own and bring your own DSLR camera, and dress comfy! I'll have everything else you need!

Contact me at 865-323-9294 or from the Contact page of my website to get more information or enroll in the class! Don't wait, seats are limited! 

Beginner's Photography Course :: Knoxville Photography Class

I'm so excited to be able to do Beginner's Digital Photography classes! Photography is my passion, and my goal for this class is to help you learn your camera and learn the basics of photography to take better photos! Whether you're a parent wanting to learn to take better photos of your family, you have a camera that you'd like to learn to use correctly (and get it off auto!) or you're new to the Photography industry and want to learn the basics and improve your work.

If you're like me, I like to know EXACTLY what to expect! So i'll try to give as much detail about the class as i can! We'll cover: 
Introductions
My personal photography style & philosophy & my goals for the class:) 
How to capture moments, not poses - and the difference in a "snapshot" and a "good" image
Also, training your eye to tell "good" from "bad" photography, and why it's important!
Camera Settings, what they mean and when to use them. (Also includes lots of functions and terminology, and we'll even learn how to shoot in manual to have more control over the outcome of your photos.)
Composition (what's appealing to the eye, or what can make an image look "off")
Perspective (one of the most important factors, can change the whole look of an image!)
Finding the Light, using the light available, and the difference in quantity and quality of light
Great Photographs at any age (with some tips & tricks to captivate their attention!)
Incorporating props, background and foreground, even a bit on wardrobe.
Working with Siblings/Groups
Workflow (even give some suggestions for great image editing programs that are free)

There's so much involved with each of these topics, I can't list them all out here. So, come ready to learn! And don't forget to bring your camera and any lenses or equipment you want to ask about! 

All the info covered will be provided for you in a nice booklet to refer back to. You'll also be added to the exclusive FaceBook group for class attendees for additional help after the class, if you forget something, or have questions as you practice, or would like critique or how to make an image better.

Also, throughout the course I will give you ideas for how to implement different things, with a couple of "assignments" to start practicing right away! 

Just so you know, this is not specifically a class for professional photographers, or those wanting tips on creating a photography business. We will touch on post-processing (editing), but will not go in-depth. I am, however, working on something for the more advanced photographers or those interested in learning more about starting or growing their photography as a business. Just let me know if you'd be interested in that workshop, and I'll be sure to let you know when that's planned! The only prerequisite will be that you take this basic course first, so I know you have a good grasp on these topics first.

The next class is scheduled for Saturday, July 25th (2015) at 9am. Click HERE to save your seat!