DSC_0091Before we start, let me make this clear. I am not a big time photographer. I am just a writer with a camera and have learned a few techniques over the time. Every photographer has their own style and techniques on taking good pictures. The perspective of one camera person will always differ from another camera person’s perspective.

For every photographer, the sharpness of their pictures matter more than anything else. The best attempt is to make sure that their captures show the point in the photo that they want you to see and it very difficult to make all the images sharp to the point of no editing required. Over the time I learned some techniques and have followed it religiously trying to make it even better. Here are some of them that I recommend every photographer to use.

Find good lighting

Clicked from a point where the sun was not shining directly on my subject but open enough to pass the adequate amount of light through the trees.

Lighting is the most important requirement for the clarity and sharpness of your photographs. It is never recommended to click a picture with light directly falling on the object. Bad or dull lighting often sends the camera out of focus and makes picture clicking a lot harder. My camera always sends me a message that light is too low and refuses to click the picture.



Keep your shutter speed to the point

I wanted to avoid any kind of blurs in this image so I kept the shutter speed high enough to capture the image without making it dark.

Understanding the importance of the shutter speed is very important. Shutter speed higher or slower than required often results in blurry photos. If shutter speed is slow while clicking an image, it will blur the entire photo because object in the image tend to move and shake unless you tell them not to do so.




Understand the aperture

At times, we miss focusing on the part of the picture that we want to show and as a result the entire image appears to be blurry when it is not. Always remember, the lower the f/number of the lens, the lower the depth of field will be. The object stays in focus with a higher depth of field. What you need to remember is that higher depth of field absorbs more light to avoid extra bright image you need to keep the ISO down.

Always keep the ISO low

You don’t want your images to be extra bright. So unless you are doing a night sky photography, the ISO always need to be somewhere between 200 and 100 depending on the lighting conditions.

Use the flash


Flash comes very handy when it comes to clicking portraits. Flash mixed with a controlled shutter speed, ISO and aperture can give you some awesome results.

Take advantage of manual focus


The LCD screen is not only made to see your clicks. You can also use this live view system to click the exact object that you wish to click. On a side note, the manual focus is very very slow, so using it is only recommended when it is highly required.

Learn to use the back button focus

This feature is very technical and hard to use, but once you master it the quality of your images will increase tenfolds. This requires half pressing the click button until it focusses on the object. From here you can click the image as per your wish.

If you cannot hold your camera properly, use a tripod

Tripod is very important when it comes to clicking stable pictures. For those who have a shaky hand can also use it to avoid blurry images. Anyhow, you cannot carry your tripod everywhere so the quicker you learn how to hold that camera in your hand the better the results will be.

Click photos on continuous shooting mode

Cameras today, come with a continuous shot feature. Using this feature you can take several images of the same object in a few milliseconds. This increases the chance of getting atleast one on focus image among many. This is very handy when it comes to clicking images in motion.


Apart from these there are a lot of techniques and basic skillsets needed to create sharper photos. What is the technique that you normally prefer to use? Share in the comments section.


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  1. The continuous photo feature is very helpful, I find that you will get at least one image that matches your expectation. Thank you for these simple, yet helpful tips.

    PS: I really need some advice on buying DSLR or rather not buying one. I had an iPad for pics, but it is beyond repair now. I want to by a DSLR, but am not an expert in photography, should I make a one-time investment and buy a full-frame DSLR? Please advise.

  2. Loved your tips. I’m also improving my photography skills and I find this very helpful! My husband used to talk about aperture and ISO and my mind will always go blank. LOL. I’m not really a fan of manual focus, tbh. I find it take a lot of time. But there are indeed times that it’s perfect for a moment that I want to capture 🙂

  3. These are great tips! I’m always trying to learn new techniques, but I definitely need a better camera than I’m currently using. I want to go with a DSLR and it seems across the board everyone recommends either Nikon, Canon, or Sony…any opinion on this? I think I’ve improved my skills with finding good lighting for daytime pics but I still struggle with low-light, night time pictures.

  4. I am known for my sharp and accurate focus eben on unpredictable fast moving dogs or humans. I agree with most of those and will add what I always emphasize in my workshops for The Camera Store. PRACTICE and practice and practise. I use only 1 focal point and typically shoot wide open and handheld. Practise and practise on moving targets and practise your panning technique. Our local zoo has a butterfly conservatory so I use to go twice a week and spend a couple hours taking pictures of butterflies. That works like a hot damn! Great blog

  5. Hi Ansh,
    It’s a good blog. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
    One way I follow to keep my camera steady is to hold it very close to the face so that it should tightly touch your cheek. Of course it will get the sweat or oil from your face in your LCD. But despite cleaning of the LCD, your camera will be sturdy while clicking.
    Second is rest your body in a nearby building or tree or vehicle while clicking. So that you avoid shaking and you can focus your mind on the object instead of worrying on shivering hands.


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