Tuesday Tips - Photography by Jaie Chien from WorldForPhotography

This is the first post of a new section of WhereToThisTime’s Blog called Tuesday Tips. It will be a mix of photography and travel tips and feature travelers and photographers from around the world with their best tips for enjoying life!

Thank you, Jaie, for being our first guest blogger!

Photos ©Jaie Chien from WorldForPhotography

Photography Tip #1

Guest Blog by
Jaie Chien

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The most important rule in photography, in my book, is to have a subject in focus. The worst outcome is when a whole photograph is blurry with nothing in focus. Essentially in these cases, a re-do button is necessary. Even if a photographer follows all other basic rules, a blurry photo will ruin the whole thing with no recourse. So what can be done about this problem that plagues even the best photographers?

First, one can play around with image stabilization (IS). Some lenses that are marketed have different levels of built-in image stabilization which mechanically alters the direction of light should the camera move a bit while taking the photo. But if the camera moves around too much, image stabilization will not help.

The photographer can manually try setting the camera down on a stable surface or a mono- or tripod, especially for long exposure shots. However in some cases, there is no room to set up a tripod, no good surface, or no time to prepare for a shot.

To this day, even though my photography skills have improved greatly over the years, I still have this problem. My best solution is actually to take multiple shots of the same scene. Usually, I will take at least two but sometimes up to four shots so that one may be clear.

As a travel photographer, I am on the move a lot so the previous solutions usually do not work as frequently for me. These days, one can find large, cheap memory cards everywhere so one should fear running out of memory. After the photos are taken, they can then be sorted and only the best ones kept. An additional benefit of taking multiple shots is capturing different moments in life. Rarely will two shots be exactly the same.

Case study: Notice in the first picture, everything is blurry. Even though capturing racing cars requires fast movements, not even the fence was in focus. I should have captured another shot of this action. However, in the second photo, everything but the cars were blurry which makes it a decent shot.

©Jaie Chien from WorldForPhotography

©Jaie Chien from WorldForPhotography

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