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Old April 26th, 2006, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question for you photo guys.....

Why is it when I take a picture with my camera I could hold my hand perfectly still yet 90% of the time it still blurs the picture a bit. It's a canon Powershot SD550. Is it because the resolution is set so high or what? Is there something I can change manually? It happens most when I'm taking pictures of cars and such inside. I don't know too much about camera's, but I do know it blurs a lot more than any of the other cameras I've had. TY



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Old April 26th, 2006, 08:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm assuming you don't have flash on? Mine does the same. For some reason, when on auto, it makes the shutter time longer with no flash. It's really annoying.
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Old April 26th, 2006, 09:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It depends on the light situation. If you are indoors, you will almost always need a flash because artificial light cannot compare with natural light in photo terms. So always use your flash indoors. Outside should be a different story. Even on cloudy days, your camera should be able to shoot fast enough to prevent blurry shots. Perhaps you have your f-stop set too high (I don't know if you can manually change it), which is the size of the hole that lets in light. If the number is higher, that means your aperture is smaller. There may also be an iso setting, which is your "film speed." Generally you want to use 200 outdoors, or 400-800 when it's darker out. Indoors you definately want to use 200 if you can, but you would most likely need to use 400 and sometimes 800. Keep in mind that higher iso = more grainy shots.

Back to the blurry pics though. If you can control shutter speed, then you'd want it above 1/60th of a second to prevent blury shots. If you can't change shutter speed, check the mode that you are on. If it's set to something like landscape or portrait mode, you will get slower shutter speeds. Set it to sports mode and try shotting again. If they're still blurry, then i have no clue. Perhaps your camera's metering system is off and it needs to be fixed.

My bet is that you're shooting in dark conditions though. Your camera sees that there isn't much light, so it compensates for that by leaving the shutter up for a longer time.
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Old April 26th, 2006, 10:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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decrease the shutter speed and f-stop... but like nyy said just use flash indoors its not going to really change from blurry even if you change the settings
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Old April 26th, 2006, 10:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My camera has like a blur warning thing, it's displays a little icon when you are shaking the camera, dunno if yours has that or not. Also on some of the modes it just totally filters the blur out. I think, like NYY, that it's just the mode or shutter speed that needs to be changed, if either are adjustable.
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Old April 26th, 2006, 10:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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if its a digi camera, it might even have a stablizer button on it to prevent the shaking inside the camera
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Old April 26th, 2006, 11:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Some newer cameras have image stabilizers which help prevent blur, but not 100%.
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