Find Out Why Your Photos Are Blurry!
You’re taking photos of your product, but for some reason, they keep turning out blurry. Let’s find out why!
Perhaps you got some great images from a photographer, load them to your website and they appear distorted or that they’ve lost clarity.
There could be a few factors involved. It’s a common problem for many business owners that are DIY’ing their photographer but I promise it doesn’t have to be a complicated solution.
Here are a few areas you can check to find out why you’re not getting that perfect shot. It’s important to note that these tips apply to your photos if you shoot in manual mode. Not sure what that means you should CLICK HERE and grab the Camera Basics guide because, friend, you have to know your equipment before you can truly have a great image!
Adjust Your Shutter Speed
Your shutter speed isn’t adjusted to the shake in your hands. Yes, this is a thing. We all naturally shake a tad so if you’re not controlling your shake in the camera with a tripod, it’s best to boost your shutter speed to avoid the blur. Manual mode gives you the ultimate control over your camera’s shutter speed so you must use the right settings.
The slower the shutter speed, the more light comes into your camera lens, and the higher chance you have of blurrier images. Another great built-in feature to combine with your slower shutter speed is image stabilization. Although, it’s not necessary if you’re already using a tripod.
Practice at home and in your free time. Get to know your camera and its settings so that on the day of a shoot, you know what you’re doing and when to do it.
Download the Right File Size
If you want to use a photo that you’ve previously posted, or maybe you were given an image from a Photographer but can’t seem to find the original – take a new photo or check back with your Photographer to grab access. Another reason your photos could be blurry is that you’re taking a screenshot from your gallery, instead of downloading the file size. When you do this, you’re taking the quality from the smaller phone sized photo instead of the original.
Downloading the right file size avoids the blurry and pixelated photos that you end up with because you have more image quality to pull from. This doesn’t usually happen when you’re downsizing an image, however, if you’re trying to make it bigger and you don’t have enough pixels per inch, the photo could look blurry or pixelated.
The raw, original photo is always your best bet because of its high-resolution so download the right file size from the start.
Proper Sizing & Cropping
If you’re looking to resize an image, cropping can be an easy way to do so – but when you crop an image, the smaller the image becomes. It’s always best if you go with the photo that’s larger in size and bigger than you need. This allows you to maintain more of the photo’s quality when you manipulate it and it also helps avoid any pixelation. BUT.. make sure you copy from the original file before you resize or crop so you always have that original file to come back to.
Keep in mind the dimensions of the newly cropped photo and if it will work in the space you need it to. If you find yourself having to resize it, the more pixels you lose and the more likely your photo will lose its sharpness, hence copying from the original file each time you need to resize.
We love technology but it isn’t always our friend. If you’re a business owner who uses automation to post photos, great! But sometimes the scheduling system is the problem and it could be having quality issues. Check to see this isn’t happening to yours before you download, resize, and edit another photo.
The best practice to avoid blurry photos is to save them from your gallery to your desktop. Size each one appropriately and then upload it to your social media platform of choice through a scheduler. You can also upload the sized images to your phone from Dropbox or Google Drive to preserve image quality.
Blurry photos are common for any boss babe, even us Photographers have faced it. It just takes some investigation to find the problem and then figure out the right solution. Once you can master manual mode settings in your camera, you’ll be able to troubleshoot any problems that come up on the fly. Practice as much as you can so that you become more familiar with your camera and all of its features. You can also check out The Flat-Lay Method Course where I cover everything from the basics of setting up your camera to styling your photos. For more tips and tricks, you can also find me on Instagram!
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