lenscloseup.jpgIt’s time to get ready for holiday picture taking. Do you ever have trouble with blurry pictures from your digital camera? Here’s a quick explanation of why this occurs and how you can avoid it in the future.

lenscloseup.jpgWhen taking digital pictures, image blur occurs when you're unable to hold the camera completely still while the shutter is open. Using a fast shutter speed means there will be less time for movement to affect pictures.

In today’s digital cameras, shutter speeds are usually expressed as 1/8th of a second. The range of shutter speeds can be expressed as: 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, with each one being a fraction of a second. 1/60 or under are regarded as slow shutter speeds. Fast shutter speeds are about 1/125 or higher. High-end SLR cameras allow you to manually set the shutter speeds. But even if you have a small point-and-shoot camera you can reduce camera movement in several ways.

First is to steady your hand by placing it against an immovable object when taking the picture. Second is to use a tripod. All types of tripods are available now. You don’t have to carry around a big ugly pole. They have small flexible tripods that are free-standing or can be wrapped around or set upon various objects.

Also be sure to look at cameras that have integrated image stabilization. This technology detects movement and positions the image-capturing sensor in the opposite direction to offset the movement.It works very well. Just remember, different cameras have differing amounts of image stabilization, so be sure to try before you buy.