Clever Ways to Avoid Blurry Photos

As a photographer, there are few things more frustrating than taking a photo and seeing it come out blurry. You may not even realize that your photo is blurry until you get to the editing process.

It’s like you did a bunch of work to try and set up the perfect picture and you think you got it, but your camera is slightly out of focus, ruining everything.

Luckily, having a blurry photo doesn’t mean the end of the world. There are some things you may be doing that are causing your photos to be blurry no matter what you do.

You are also going to be able to correct these things that are causing the blur in your pictures. If you’re really dedicated to trying to get the best possible photos, then you’ll learn from the tips provided in this article.

Avoiding Blurry Photos

Avoid blurry photos
Simple adjustment to the focus eliminates that blur that appears in the first photo.

I know a couple people that more often than not tend to have a blurry photo. Not every photo they take turns out blurry but they take as many blurless photos as they should.

There are different types of blur so the reasons your photos come out blury can be completely different than the person next to you.

You’re going to learn what the different types of blurs are and how you can avoid them. If you can take into account how to avoid the different types of blurs then you should have photos that come out as clean as possible almost every single time.

Out of Focus Blur

Out of focus blur
Out of focus blur

Out of focus blur is something that’s pretty self explanantory. This happens when your camera isn’t in focus and you take a photo.

There are a couple of reasons for this happening. Either you’re too quick to pull the trigger. Sometimes your camera needs time to find the right focus.

Other times you may be too close to a subject for your camera to focus on it. This happens because of the limitations of your lens.

Although a lot of lenses have a relatively wide range when it comes to the distance you can stand from something and have it still be in focus, there is a limit to it. You can stand too close or too far from a subject.

The focal length of a lens definitely determines the distance you can stand from your subject and maintain good focus.

You have to find that nice medium when it comes to the range you’re standing from a subject relative to the lens you’re using.

Another reason this type of blur can occur is because of depth of field. For example, if you are having a photo that has multiple subjects in it, but the subjects are different distances away, you can easily have some blur.

Out of focus blur

Sometimes your camera won’t be able to focus on all the subjects you want to have in focus. This is when you need to make changes to the settings of your camera. Try messing with the aperture and see how this affects the photo.

Something else that you should look at doing is working with the manual focus feature.

Although manual focus is a little more difficult to deal with at first, it can really help you ensure that your photos will always be in focus.

You’ll be setting the focus so if you can determine that what you’re about to shoot is in focus, it will be in focus.

Lens Aberrations

Lens aberrations is something that occurs when your lens isn’t sharp enough.

This is something that can typically easily be fixed by buying a new lens.

What is lens aberration? Simply put, it’s when light is spread over a larger area than it should be.

For example, if you take a photo of the night sky with a lot of stars and all the stars seem to have a blur to them because the light is spread making the stars look muddied out, you have lens aberration.

If buying a new lens is something that you don’t want to do, a lot of editing software does a good job of getting rid of lens aberrations. There is usually an option for lens aberrations and it does of good job of correcting this as much as possible.

So, even though this may not make for the best possible photo, it’ll make the photo much better than it previously was.

Lens aberration will be different with every lens that you have.

However, typically, when you spend a little more on a lens then the worry about lens aberrations should be less.

For example, with my Canon RF 50mm and Canon 16-35mm, the lens aberration is almost always non-existent with my photos.


Blur from diffraction is something that really doesn’t occur too often. The other forms of blur will be looked at first before blur from diffraction is looked at.

Essentially, diffraction is when there is a bending of the light that passes through the lens and it begins to interfere with itself.

To notice diffraction blur, you have to pay close attention to small details. For example, you might start to see a rainbow-ish type of color in places that shouldn’t have that color.

This is blur from diffraction. Luckily, this is something that can be changed during editing as well. Like lens aberration, there is typically an option that allows you to get rid of as much of this discolor as possible.

There is always going to be some diffraction present but it’s going to be much more present in some instances than others. Smaller apertures are going to show more diffraction blur than the largers ones because light is having to pass through a smaller area.

Motion Blur and Camera Shake

Slight motion blur
Camera shake

Motion blur and camera shake are possibly the biggest reasons for blur in most of your photos.

Camera shake is something that can easily be fixed. You need to either take your time and make sure you have a steady hand or use a tripod.

Having a tripod is going to allow you to keep the camera as steady as possible while you take your picture. The Zomei M5 tripod is one that is great for when you’re on the go taking your photos.

You can even use a really cheap tripod if all you need it for is to hold your camera still.

Motion blur can occur because of you or your subject.

You can possibly move your camera too fast after pressing the shutter button. This will cause a motion blur.

You may also have a subject that’s moving and your shutter speed may not be fast enough. This causes motion blur as well. If you make your shutter speed faster, you’ll capture the moving subject better and minimize motion blur.

Knowing your camera settings beforehand will be something that will really save you a ton of time in the long run.

When you do this, you can take good pictures with literally any camera.

Motion blur

Avoid Blurry Photos

There are a few other reasons for motion blur. For example, shooting a low resolution photo is going to give you a blurry photo.

With the way everything is nowadays, it’s hard to imagine things not being in high definition. So, shooting a low resolution photo is going to be something you notice right away.

Photos with a lot of noise are going to play a role in your blurry photos as well. Noise is basically a photo that appears to have a lot of unwanted grain to it.

This is something that typically only happens with night photos, though. Fortunately, this is something that can be fixed very well with most editing softwares.

There are a ton of different ways that you can have blur in your photos. The best way to avoid it is to follow the tips described above.

A clear photo will always look better than one that is blurry. Unless you’re going to a nice long exposure photo, there aren’t many instances where a blur is wanted.

Take your time with your photography. You’ll be able to tell the difference between a photo that’s rushed and one that’s been well thought out and not rushed.

Photographers that take their time, don’t rush, and set everything up the way they want will have the best photos with minimal to no blur at all.

There are going to be times when you have a little bit of blur, but if you know why it happened then you will be able to fix the problem right away instead of continuing to take a blurry photo.