Thursday, May 14, 2009

Photographing--Not My Strongest Suit

This is my camera:

I've had it about 3 years now and it's OK. I know nothing about mega pixels and all of that stuff. So, yeah, I guess it's OK.

Why? I just want to know why my pictures turn out blurry. I secretly want to be a photographer. I just want to walk around snapping photos and knowing they are going to be beautiful.

Not so much for me. I've read the "Advanced Manual" for the darn thing about 3 times now and I just can't seem to get it. I macro and micro and blah blah blah.

I take the picture, I hold super still and it STILL looks like I was doing a drive-by-snapshot. I want to blame the camera, but I'm pretty sure it's me.

Exhibit One:


Do you see this? From a distance, the picture looks OK. But then when you look at it, it's fuzzy.

I did some research a few weeks ago. I read anything from exhaling when taking the picture to use the view finder and smash it against your face {which actually sort of worked} to home made tripods made out of water bottles.
Also, I learned that using flash is forbidden. I mean, hell bent, no way.

Oh, OK. So what if my lighting is sort of crappy? Q: It's nighttime and I've turned every light on within a 20 foot radius of this object and it still looks horrible? A: Use more light. Make a light box! Use daylight bulbs!


Ugh. Alright, so I've ruled out the light box. Unless I'm taking pictures of small objects, this won't work. I bought daylight bulbs. Perfect example of such bulbs with the blue tinted pictures can be found here. I've already switched them out for my old Reveal bulbs that I love.

I was messing around with Picnik the other day and found a few ways to really help my snap shots out with their Brightness/Contrast tool and sharpen tool. Don't get too crazy with the sharpen tool, especially with digital photos. They'll start look grainy.


Not terrible right? Looks a bit better.

Now I'm not claiming that every picture I take will be infinitely better. But maybe with some practice, I'll get a bit better.

Here are some other links that I found helpful:

Shop Makeover Series: Feature Friendly Photos

How-To: Brighten Your Photos with Paperama

Staying Sharp: Achieving Clarity and Crispness in Your Photos

Blurred Photos

Bright Light, Big Color: Using EV and White Balance to Make Your Photos True to Life

So what do you think? Is it me? Or the camera? {I am convinced it's the camera. I want a new one}


Averill said...

Thanks for the links! I, too, am not so great with the photographs....I need all the help software can give me.

Tom and Samantha said...

I'm in the same boat - my camera does lousy in low light. I can fix them up some in Photoshop with Curves but still... I want a really good camera.