Say goodby to BLUR!!!! Photo tips by Emilie

The most common reason for blurry images is a slow shutter speed.  If you shoot in automatic mode or aperture priority then your camera will often select a shutter speed that is too slow, hence a blurry image.
Shutter speed is the speed that the shutter opens, lets in the image and then closes.  Shutter speed manages two elements of your photo: the amount of light in your image and the amount of motion captured in your image.
When the shutter speed is on a lower/slower setting the shutter is open a longer amount of time letting in more light.  The slower the shutter speed the longer the shutter is open and the more light that is let in to create your image.  When the shutter speed is on a higher/faster setting the shutter is open less time letting in less light.  The faster the shutter speed the less time the shutter is open and the darker your image.
When the shutter speed is on a lower/slower setting the shutter is open a longer amount of time capturing all the motion found in your scene.  The slower the shutter speed the longer the shutter is open and the more motion that is captured in your image.  The lower/slower the shutter the blurrier the image.  When the shutter speed is on a higher/faster setting the shutter is open less time capturing a smaller amount of “time” in our scene, stopping any motion that is happening.  The faster the shutter speed the less time the shutter is open and the less motion is captures.  The higher/faster the shutter the sharper your image.
   I never shoot a portrait of a person less than a 250 shutter speed.  However, as you can see from the example above 250 is fast and doesn’t allow a ton of light.  An image shot inside at 250 shutter speed tends to be a bit dark.  So what do you do???

After pulling up my blinds, turning on all my lights and moving my baby towards the open door,  I set my camera to 800 ISO, 250 Shutter Speed and 2.8 F-Stop and this is my final image….
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8 Comments

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  1. 1

    Hi, Emilie

    Great tip, I never really checked my shutter speed and now I know to do so. This was very helpful. Have a great week.

    Vanessa

  2. 2

    You explain things very well. I also appreciate the diagram you created, extremely handy – and of course, your Valentine’s photo shoot is adorable.

  3. 3

    Thank you for explaining this in a way I can understand!!! lol

  4. 4

    Thank you sooo much!! I have been on auto for 2 years!

  5. 5

    Thanks Gals!! I’ve got several emails about the adorable font I found. Here is the link…
    http://www.dafont.com/cupid-de-locke.font

    Happy Valentines Day!
    Emilie

  6. 6

    Cute idea and great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  7. 7

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  8. 8

    Thank you so much! This makes so much more sense!!
    New follower!
    xoxo,
    Kiana

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