Why do I have blurry pictures? Here Are the 4 Possible Reasons!

It’s frustrating! You just got a new shiny camera. You opened it from the box and took a photo. You looked briefly at the LCD and somehow you feel the picture didn’t come up right. You zoomed in a bit more and you see that your photos look blurry!

I think we’ve all experienced the same thing. What the heck went wrong?

4 Reasons Why Your Photos Might Be Blurry

In this article, I will tell you the 4 possible reasons why your pictures are blurry and how you can fix them.

Possible Reason #1: Your camera lens might be dirty

Over time, oil, grease and dust might accumulate on the front of your lens. This can cause your pictures to look blurry when you take a photo.

The fix for this is very easy. You simply use an air blower to blow any hard part from your lens. Remember: Don’t blow air from your mouth to your lens as this will cause moisture to form on your lens which will can cause mold to grow!

Clean your camera

After that, use a lens cleaning solution and spray it on a microfiber cloth. Remember: Don’t spray the solution directly to the lens as this will cause moisture to sip into the lens and cause mold to grow!

Once you spray the solution to the microfiber cloth, all you need to do is rub it in a nice and slow circular motion.

Possible Reason #2: You are not selecting the focus area properly

It’s possible that you have blurry pictures because you didn’t select the focus area properly. The default setting for a new camera is to set the focus area to Wide. This means the camera will automatically look at the whole scene and select what to focus on.

Sometimes it works but sometimes it’s not selecting the right thing to focus on.

To fix this, change the focus area to either center or flexible spot on your camera.

Now, all you need to do is point the focus area to the object that you want to be sharply in focus, half press the shutter, recompose the scene and fully press the shutter. This technique is also called the focus and recompose technique in photography.

When you’re using this technique, please make sure you are not stepping forward or backward. When you step forward or backward, you change the focusing distance and this will result in a blurry photo. Only move your camera up, down or sideways after you lock in your focus.

Possible Reason #3: Your shutter speed is too low and your hands are shaking…

Another possible reason that you get blurry pictures is that your shutter speed is too low. This will be even magnified when you’re not steady in holding your camera when taking a picture or your object is moving too fast.

We often called his motion blur in photography.

To remedy this problem, hold the camera using the correct technique to minimize shake, turn on the Image Stabilization or use a Tripod altogether.

Holding the Camera Right

This will remedy the problem of you causing a motion blur because you don’t hold the camera steadily.

What if your subject is moving too fast and is causing a motion blur? You can use a faster shutter speed. Start using a shutter speed of 1/500 seconds or faster if you want to freeze a moving subject.

Possible Reason #4: Your subject is moving towards or away from you

Finally, the last possible reason that you have blurry photo is that your subject might be moving towards or away from you when you took the picture.

By default, the camera is using the AF-S or Autofocus Single mode. This means that the camera is only calculating the focus distance once. If you use this mode and the subject is moving towards or away from you when you shoot, the focusing distance will be different and you’ll end up with a blurry, out of focus photo.

A Subject That's Running Towards You

If you want the camera to keep calculating the focus distance when your subject is moving away or towards you, switch to the AF-C or Autofocus Continuous mode. This mode will make the camera to calculate and re-calculate the focusing distance as the subject move towards or away from you, ensuring you have a sharply focused subject.

So, those are the four possible reasons why your photos might look blurry or not sharp.

There are other causes as well such as you have a malfunctioning camera. But try those four fix first before contacting your camera dealer.

If you are a beginner and want to learn how to use your camera properly, check out the Beginner’s QuickStart Guide to Photography course that you can take for free on this website website. You can find the link below in the video description.

I hope you’ll be able take sharp pictures after you read this article and I’ll see you around!