digital pictureMany photographers’ dream is to take sharp pictures.

But clean, sharp and crisp images are hard to yield.

By following some important techniques, you can bring sharpness to your pictures and make them look great [Useful photography techniques].

Before knowing how to add sharpness to your photographs, know the conditions which make the photo lack sharpness.

The main reasons for lack of sharpness in pictures:

Poor focusing: Many photographers click images in out of focus range, as a result the images will not be sharp. By selecting a very low aperture, a narrow depth of the field in the image is generated and lacks sharpness. Being too close to the image also lacks sharpness.

Movement of the subject: This is a ‘blur’ shot, which is a result of the subject movement. By adjusting your shutter speed, you can avoid this blur in your images.

Camera’s wobble movements: Similar to the movement of the subject, your camera shake can also cause blur images. By stillness of the camera, you can overcome this blur. The stillness in camera can be gained by mounting the camera on a rock solid tripod.

How to yield sharpness in the cameras?

Hold the camera properly: Lot of pictures lack sharpness due to the camera shakings. The proper method of holding a camera is right hand on the camera, fore finger on the shutter button and all the other fingers curling the camera. Left hand should act as a support to the camera’s weight. Place your left hand beneath the camera.

Use tripods: Use tripods for rock solid stability of the cameras. Tripods make the cameras to stand still and reduce the blur in the images adding sharpness to the images.

Adjust shutter speed: The shutter speed in the camera also reduces the blur in the image and add sharpness. The faster your shutter , the lesser will be the shake in the images.

  • If you are using a camera lens with focal length 50mm, the shutter speed should be 1/60th of second
  • If the focal length of the lens is 100mm, the shutter speed should be 1/125th of second.
  • If the focal length of the lens is 200mm, the shutter speed should be 1/250th of second.

Adjust the aperture: Aperture is the size of the ‘opening in the lens when a picture is taken’. The faster the shutter speed, you’ll need a larger aperture. Aperture impacts on the depth of the field. A decrease in the aperture will increase the depth of field. Keep in mind the smaller the aperture the faster should be the shutter speed for sharp pictures [Taking better pictures with high clarity].

ISO Adjustments: ISO is the indication of how sensitivity in the film reacts to light. An ISO measures the sensitivity of the images. By choosing a larger ISO, you can reduce the noise in the images. By choosing larger ISO, you’ll be able to use faster shutter speed and smaller aperture. Depending on your camera, you can choose ISO varying form 400-800.

Focus: Many of us use auto-focus in the digital cameras for aiming an object. For sharpness in images, you need sharp focusing. You cannot completely depend on auto focus and click the images. Manually check the focusing in the images for the sharpness. When shooting with a larger aperture, you check the subject should not go out of focus.

By making small change in this specification, you can add sharpness to your pictures. These techniques are a glimpse and you can know your own technique to add sharpness to your pictures. Experiment and explore the different dimensions and add sharpness to your pictures.



  1. I do not agree with the sentence – “By choosing a larger ISO, you can reduce the noise in the images”
    It should be other way around. Larger ISO increases the noise. But of course it will give a more ‘stable’ picture.

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