WHEN THINGS DON’T go right and you end up with a blurry image, use that opportunity to learn from your mistakes. Understanding why a photo is not focused properly is an important skill that will prove useful to all photographers.

There are a limited number of reasons why a photograph may not be sharp, so learn to spot the following problems.

Incorrect Focus

If you or the camera didn’t focus on the right spot, it’s usually easy to see because something else is in sharp focus. Look for anything that is sharp and try to determine if it is in front of or behind your desired focus point (Figure 49.1).

When everything ...

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