Top: A common problem for beginners is a blurry photo.
Bottom: Steady the camera, especially in low light, for a sharp shot.
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• Stabilize your lens by putting your le; hand under the lens to
support and steady it.
• In really low light, lean against something (a wall, or a column,
or anything you can lean your body on). Keeping your body still helps
keep the camera still.
If you try all three and you’re still getting blurry photos, raise your
camera’s ISO setting, which increases your camera’s shutter speed, until
your photos look nice and sharp.
Another trick for low light
Here’s a trick I use quite a bit if I’m shooting in a low-light situation,
and it works like a charm: Set your camera to shoot in “burst mode”
(where you’re holding down the shutter button and your camera ;res a
continuous series of shots until you release the shutter button). Let’s say
you hold it down in a low-light situation and it takes six or seven continuous shots. Chances are most of them will be a bit blurry, or even
really blurry. But chances are also that at least one of those shots will be
tack sharp, and all you need is one nice sharp shot, right? Right!
;is last tip will help you make people in your portraits look their
very best, and it’s based on the fact that wider angle lenses tend to not
be really ;attering to subjects because they distort their facial features a
bit. ;e wider the lens, the more it distorts.
You might not even realize this is happening until you try shooting
someone with a long lens (150 mm or 200 mm). ;e lens compression
and perspective of a long lens is very ;attering to subjects (and, a;er all,
you want the people you photograph to look their very best), so the
next time you’re taking a portrait, use a zoom lens. Stand back a good
distance from your subject and then zoom in tight, and you’ll get a
more ;attering look with no distortion. C
Scott Kelby is the author of ;e Digital Photography Book, Part 1
(Peachpit Press, 2013 ; not available at Costco) and is co-host of
;e Grid, a weekly talk show for photographers. He also writes a daily
blog with photography tips and techniques at scottkelby.com.
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