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 Earlier section, we mentioned : the best-composed photographs don't usually have their subject dead center, but the best photographs usually do have their subject in sharp focus!

Unless your objective is to create artistry images or adding a sense of movement. Sometimes good pictures are missed by overlooking the basics. Holding the camera steady is vital for sharp, clear pictures. When you push the shutter button, press it gently rather than jabbing it. Even slight camera movement can rob your pictures of sharpness. Use a brace to steady your arm or use a tripod, if available.

Corresponding your film speed for hand holdable shutter speed, a general rule of thumb, if assuming you are using ASA 100, safe hand-holdable speed to avoid camera movement is 1/125 sec, shutter speed lower than 1/30 sec creates the maximum possible image blur - this is especially true for manual camera body, where this speed and all the way to 1 second are the most unstable speed range, mechanically, not to mentioned you have shutter and reflex mirror bounce.

As we mentioned earlier, the exposure latitude may not be the problem which can be compensated during processing time, we are highlighting camera shake and movement that might make your image irreparable.

If the light level is too low, think alternatives, like flash photography, a tripod - even just use anything available to hold it in place.

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