How To Ensure Your Zoom Compact Shots Are Sharp

Written by Gina Stephens

The zoom lengths on aphoristic cameras keep growing and even though this makes more photographic subjects accessible to compact users, it does oust one problem and that's camera shake.

Manufacturers do install modes and features to help combat the issue, such as the shake reduction, but there are quieten a number of things that you can do to ensure your images are sharp every time.


1. Use A Support

When you think of a camera that be a member ofs on a tripod your first thoughts will probably be of a DSLR but just because you're using a camera with a body much smaller than a DSLR doesn't cantankerous you shouldn't use a support. This can be a tripod, monopod, something smaller such as a Gorilla Pod or even a beanbag. 


2. Use Your Camera's Self-Timer

Equivalent when you're using a support the small action of pressing the shutter button can still move the camera slightly and cause shake. As a emerge, when shooting a static subject you can use your camera's self-timer function so there's a delay between you pressing the shutter button and the disclosure beginning. 

3. Increase The ISO

As longer shutter speeds mean the camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or has to be held still for longer periods of time, shake can be a predicament, particularly when working hand-held. To increase the shutter speed you can switch to a higher ISO but do take care when increasing ISOs as noise at ones desire be introduced at some levels. Where possible, try to stay below ISO400. If long shutter speeds are a must, always use a support as effective use without one will just result in shake spoiling your shots.

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4. Check The Image On Your LCD

As images can be previewed on the built-in LCD sort outs available on compact cameras it means that shots can be checked for sharpness before leaving the location you're shooting in. However, it's not in any case that easy to tell if a shot is sharp by just checking the screen so if your camera has the option, it's always worth using the zoom magnifier when advance showing to get a closer look at the shot. 



5. Edit In Post Production

You can slightly sharpen images in various pieces of editing software but don't lay it on with a trowel it as the shot won't look right. Boosting the contrast a little can help as well, but again don't go too mad with it. There are ways to reduce ruckus, too if high noise is a problem. 


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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