Why are my photos blurry? Here are 3 common reasons

Why are my photos blurry? Here are 3 common reasons



As a local camera store, on a weekly basis we hear, “My photos are blurry! I need a new camera.” Rather than selling a new camera, we try to deduce what the problem might be. Here are 3 Common Reasons “Why Your Photos are Blurry”.

  1. Your Diopter is off. A diopter is the small wheel next to your viewfinder, sometimes labeled with a ‘+’ and ‘-’, that allows you to adjust the power of your viewfinder (usually adjust to 20/20 vision). Diopters can be accidentally toggled, but thankfully, it is easy to adjust.
  2. If that’s not the issue, you may be in MF (manual focus) mode. Your lens focusing mode can be changed on your lens and camera — so it is no wonder that it can accidentally switch from AF (Auto Focus) to MF! Double check that you are not in MF mode by turning your manual focus adjustment ring on your lens. If you are noticing a change in how focused your images are, that may be the culprit!
  3. Last, but not least, the issue may be your shutter speed! If you’re taking action shots and you notice that your shots are blurry, the problem is most likely that your camera is not taking the photo fast enough. The shutter speed guaranteed ‘still’ images is 1/500th of a second. Oftentimes in low light situations, cameras will default to shooting at 1/60th of a second, which will cause your images to blur. You will need to use ‘S’ (Shutter Priority) mode or M (Manual) mode to adjust the speed.

Have more questions? Schedule a 1-on-1 in-person photo class at the Shutterbug (1 hr for $45) online or in-store! Interested in renting from The Shutterbug, Beaverton? Give us a call for availability at (503) 639-5088.

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