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Getting the correct exposure and sharpness in your pictures - The Photography Express

Getting the correct exposure and sharpness in your pictures

This question is from Srihari and it’s related to “getting the correct exposure and sharpness in your pictures”.

Srihari I want to thank you first for sending me your questions. Your support is what keeps me going each day for providing answers to people like yourself who are trying to find solutions in the photography world.

Regarding to the correct exposure, I assume you meant the photo is either coming out too bright or too dark. Before knowing what camera and setting you are using I’ve a few suggestions below to help you get started. If you are still struggling feel free to contact me with a follow up questions. I’m more than happy to do that.

1) The first thing whenever I run into situation where I don’t know what exposure I should use, I always set my camera to either Aperture priority mode (AV for Canon, A for Nikon), or Program mode (P for both Canon and Nikon, Yay for once). This usually happens when I am shooting at night or in a darker situation.

Press the shutter button half way in AV or P mode and remember the camera’s exposure reading (ISO, shutter speed, aperture etc). Now switch to manual mode in your camera and dial the same settings again.

If you photo is coming out too dark, use a wider aperture or slower shutter speed. You can also increase the ISO but be careful the photo may get grainy. On the other hand, if the photo is too bright, use a faster shutter speed, decrease the ISO or narrow the aperture.

If you are confused with what I was talking about follow my 10 steps below to know exactly what I meant.


2)   Regarding to sharp pictures, usually it happens when we don’t focus on the subject’s eyes probably. The first thing I’d do next time is to use a single focus point and aim at your subject’s eyes. Remember after you press the shutter button half way don’t change your composition again before you press the shutter all the way down.

Pressing the shutter button half way then moving again is what I see many people are doing all the time and it causes blurriness in your photos!

However if you have already done that I’ve written a post that is going to help you out perfectly.


Thank you once again Srihari I hope you have a wonderful photography journey ahead!

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