Here are my top three tips for getting sharp photos:
1. Is your lens calibrated?If not, take it to a reputable camera store and get it calibrated(should cost around $35 dollars). Knowing if your lens is calibrated may also reveal that a lens is not sharp. Cheaper lenses, like the 50mm 1.8 (around $125), are what I call ‘disposable lenses’. These lenses are total game changers, and an awesome and affordable starter lens, but after a few years, it won’t be sharp anymore and there’s not anything you can do to fix it. The quality, longevity, and price of a lens has a lot to do with the quality of materials used to construct the lens. In the case of the inexpensive 50mm 1.8, the lens is plastic. On the other hand, a lens in the Canon ‘L Series’ is constructed with top quality glass. Bottom line: If there is something wrong with your lens, nothing you do will make your images sharp until you fix the lens or get a new one. Shortcut solution: To determine if a faulty lens is your issue, see if you have the same problem with a different lens.
2. What shutter speed are you using?
My recommendation is to shoot at 1/200 sec or faster at all times and at 1/500 sec or faster when photographing running children.
3. Switch your mode setting to ‘single shooting’.There are times when I use the ‘high speed continuous’ mode, but mostly just for jumping photos.
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