View Full Version : How can I make these picture better

01-01-2007, 09:25 AM
I took the first picture with no flash. The color is accurate and the picture is bright, but it's blurry.


I took this picture with the flash. The picture is sharper, but it's darker and the color is off. I had the camera set on automatic both times. Is my best option to use no flash with the camera on a tripod. I know that would have helped but that's no only convenient for candid shots.


I don't normally make New Year's resolutions, but I decided this year mine will be to learn how to take better pictures, so here I am on January 1, doing just that!


01-01-2007, 09:27 AM
I thought it may help to see them a little bigger.



01-01-2007, 12:43 PM
It would help if you noted what camera and lens you are using.
If your camera has manual controls, you might try keeping it on a larger aperture (smaller F-number) when you are inside. That way, you let in more light without a longer shutter speed. Keep in mind, though, that you might be able to go up to 1/60 second shutter speed and still hand-hold it. It also looks like the focus might have been off in the first picture. Usually flash creates a sharp picture, so maybe the camera was focusing on the blanket or something. Also, using a higher ISO inside will enable a short shutter speed and still capture the picture.

Good luck, I hope this helps.

01-01-2007, 04:35 PM
I have a Canon G3 and I thought the camera was set on Auto, but realized it was on "P", but I don't know if that would really make any difference

It would help if you noted what camera and lens you are using..

01-02-2007, 02:06 AM
How far from the dog were you standing? If not far (1-2m), the flash photo looks really very dark. Maybe you used negative exposure compensation?
The one without flash looks "shaken" to me. If you want to make photos without flash and have no tripod, put the camera on a table or something. And use camera's self-timer. The timer helps to reduce shake effect, even if you make hand-held photos. Also, like toriaj said, try wider aperture. Or higher ISO, although this will cause some degradation in picture quality. Or turn on some more light ;)