Learn the Trick to Taking Clear Pictures Quickly
Why is it so difficult to take a crystal clear picture for your business? I blame the advertisers – they are the one’s responsible for making us think that capturing a clear image is so easy, all we need to do is “point & click”. I can guarantee that professional photographer’s would disagree. Yes it is true that recent advancements in digital and cell phone camera’s have made capturing a moment incredibly simple, which is fine for real life shots you intend to share via social media – but when you want to take a good high quality photograph to use for your business the truth is, a cell phone won’t do the trick.
I am not a professional photographer – but I can take a high quality clear picture –
and that makes me a good resource for a novice. Why? because I’m not going to talk in fancy photographer terms, or give you a long tutorial on how to use ALL those settings and buttons on your camera. But if you want to learn the trick I use to get clear pictures quickly, I can help. Photography is not my main business – it is one part of my business- so, like many other business owners, I cant afford to spend hours taking hundreds of pictures until I finally get a clear shot.
These are the 3 things you will need:
- A good digital camera – I’m sure you’ve heard this advice before, and that’s because its true. If you think it’s a waste, you are very mistaken. I can tell you from personal experience owning a digital camera has been unbelievable. I use the camera every week for business, and now take amazing action shots of our kids playing sports by just turning the dial to one setting. I haven’t even begun to use or understand all that the camera can do, and it’s already paid for itself a thousand times over. I purchased a Nikon D3300 about a year and a half ago. New models have been released, but this model is great and you can save on it now – less than $400 online.
- The second thing you will need is a tripod- you can get a decent one for around $29.00 – and it will be the best money you ever spent for your photography needs.This is the real trick to taking a clear picture and here’s why – no matter how steady you think you hand is… it isn’t. No matter how clear the photo looks on the back of your camera – it isn’t. Even the simple task of pushing down on the shutter release button (fancy term for big round button you push to take the picture) will move the camera just enough to make the image less than perfectly clear. Now, if your just posting a picture out there for fun or personal use, then a hand-held shot will most often appear clear as a bell. But when you load it up, start to zoom in, enlarge it, crop it, increase the light to make it brighter on free editing sites like Picmonkey and Canva, all of sudden it’s not so clear. A tripod makes it much easier for a new or inexperienced photographer to take a better picture. Most tripods have a removable small piece on the top with a screw that goes directly into the bottom of your camera so you can move it, tilt it, take shots from different angles, and the camera won’t fall off. The piece comes off the tripod with a lever that you pull, so you can screw it to the camera first then pop the camera onto the tripod. Here is a list of benefits you get from using a tripod:
- Clear Shots – the camera remains still so there is no blur from movement
- Straight Images – the tripod has a built-in level that lets you know when the camera is straight so you don’t take crooked pictures which look terrible when you crop them.
- Hands Free – sitting on the tripod, the camera can be set perfectly in place, leaving your hands free to stage your shot and get it just perfect without having to re-adjust when you pick the camera back up.
- Straight Lines – the tripod can tilt forward or backward or sideways to give you good clean shots with straight lines and again – no blurry movement.
- Action Shots – Okay so this is the actually a REALLY big bonus feature. You’ve seen some great action shots out there – shots with people actually doing something- and probably wondered how did they do that? I can’t answer how they did it, but I can tell you how I do it – my digital camera and a tri-pod. I set the timer on my camera, and once everything is set, I’m able to step away from the back of the camera and get to work in front of the camera…. voila!
- The third and last thing you will need to take absolutely perfectly clear shots is this little $18.00 piece of sheer magic…a remote. The remote sends a signal when pressed to the camera to take the picture. Because it works electronically from the inside, there isn’t a human hand pressing down on the shutter release so the camera is able to take crystal clear pictures. It also gives you the ability to step away from the area to take the photo which is sometimes necessary to reduce shadows from your body or keep your reflection from showing up on the subject.
These 3 items are the trifecta for taking clear pictures I know, because I tried just about everything else. When I began consulting, it became obvious pretty fast that I needed a good camera, and some basic knowledge. I read hundreds of posts, and bought a number of gizmo’s and gadgets – light boxes, back drops, big bright lights – you name it. Those things are all collecting dust now. I use natural light from the window – nothing beats it and its free – natural real life settings or a piece of oak tag paper for clean white backgrounds, and these 3 items.
You can sometimes find bundle packages online with all 3 in them. The tripod folds for easy storage, so you can keep it on a shelf or in a corner at your business ready for when you need to take good clear photo’s and not waste any time doing so.
One more note, in this post, the 2 pictures of the camera were taken with my tablet camera. I edited them in pic monkey for brightness. The images are fine for the purpose of this article, but if I were actually selling that camera and I wanted to use the picture on my e-commerce site, it doesn’t sell the product or look professional at all. One thing to consider is the size of the image. The image size that the tablet camera takes is 640 by 478. Many e-commerce shopping sites have minimum settings for the size of your product photo. If the image you upload is too small it won’t fill out the space, if the image dimensions are wrong you may wind out cropping out important details. The most important rule I can share with new photographers is that you cannot make an image larger without it getting blurry – here is that 640 X 478 photo enlarged to 1280 X 956 – as you can see it is not clear.
That’s why using a good digital camera is so important. You can set it to take REALLY large pictures – 6000 X 4000, then crop and reduce them to whatever size you need for your website, blog or social media page.
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