Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, chances are that you still encounter one of many common photography problems.
Fortunately, for every photography problem, there is a photographic solution – and with that in mind we’ve put together a selection of common faults and equally common fixes to solve any creative headaches.
Once you’ve undertaken our solutions for common photography problems, you’ll be armed with a mental ‘tool kit’ with which to find a speedy fix from herein on – simplifying your shoots and saving valuable time when it comes to your imaging workflow.
So, take a detailed read of our problem solving tips and tricks; after all, forewarned is forearmed!
My photos are all blurred
Your photos are blurred because your camera was unable to accurately focus on the subject. There can be several reasons for this – either there was insufficient light for the camera’s auto focus system, or the same low light situation amplified any camera shake resulting from you trying to take an image in insufficient light, without the steadying influence of a tripod.
Alternatively, if you’re shooting swift moving subjects, the shutter speed you’re using may be too slow and you need to switch to burst (continuous) mode, or, if lighting is really the issue, make use of artificial flash, or bump up the camera’s ISO light sensitivity settings to ISO1600 or above to attempt to resolve the issue.
If you were focusing manually through the viewfinder, perhaps the camera’s dioptric adjustment wheel needs adjusting to provide a clear image via which you can determine accurate focus in the first place. Most digital cameras now also provide an enlarged portion of the image on the rear LCD screen when you’re attempting to manual focus – further aiding accuracy and avoiding blur.
If the problem is because you’re shooting a subject very far away with a very long zoom lens, then make sure the camera’s and/or the lens’ built in image stabilisation option is activated to minimise any blur. And, again, use a tripod!