September 10, 2014 at 2:46AM


Clear Images?

Hello friends,
My name is Anirban Ray and I am film-maker and journalist based in the Middle-East.
Well to take my film-making to an upgraded level I bought a new Canon 100DDSLR. Now as I take pictures they don’t come sharp. However I tried with tripod, playing with the Av and Tv, I don’t get those clear images that one sees in magazines in spite of the camera being a 18MP and with a APCS sensor.
Can someone kindly share some tips of how to have sharper images?



1. turn your shutter speed up (though having it on a tripod should have fixed that)
2. add sharpening afterwards (in lightroom, or photoshop, or gimp)
3. invest in a nice lens. best thing i did for sharpness is a better lens, if you are using a kit lens then that is probably your problem.
4. check the picture setting in camera, make sure you have the highest quality selected

5. Understand that specs don't mean much on a camera, obviously a 2MP camera is way worse than a 25MP camera, but each camera is different.
I've seen pictures from the 5Dmk3 that look awful, and pictures from an iPhone 5 that looks amazing.
its all about technique

hope this helps!

September 10, 2014 at 5:32PM

Connor Norvell
Cinematographer, Writer, Director

And also close your aperture a bit, most (any sub-thousand dollar) lenses won't be sharp full open f-stop.
i would put it at f/4 or f/5, around the middle of your lenses options (but mess around with it, each lens it different)

September 10, 2014 at 5:34PM

Connor Norvell
Cinematographer, Writer, Director

Are they out of focus? Is there to much motion blur? Are you using manual focus or auto focus?

Shoot manual focus and use the punch in feature to set your focus.
Shoot at a higher shutter speed to reduce motion blur
Shoot on a tripod to avoid camera shake
Shoot at a higher f-stop (aperture) to incase the focal plane (whats in focus)
Practice shooting on the manual settings and learn what your ISO, F-Stop, Shutter Speed, all do to your image and how they can help you get crisper images.

How good your camera is doesn't impact how good your photos are, it just gives you the best results when you take a good photo.

January 14, 2015 at 12:58PM

Chase Axton

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