Question from Rhonda F.: Rick, I have a question for you. Why do the photos I take with my phone always turn out blurry? I often have to take a dozen shots to end up with just one that’s clear.
I must be doing something wrong but I can’t figure out what it is. My phone is an Android (Samsung Galaxy S II). Thanks for your help!
Rick’s answer: Hi Rhonda. It’s impossible to know for sure without seeing how you’re taking the photos, but I have a strong hunch that you aren’t letting your phone’s camera finish focusing the shot before releasing the shutter button.
Just tapping the shutter release button almost always results in a blurry image. Just like a regular digital camera, the camera in your phone has to adjust the focus before you can capture a clear, blur-free image.
Here’s what you need to do to in order to take clear pictures with an Android camera phone:
1 – Open the Camera app from the Apps menu.
2 – Compose your first shot to your liking.
3 – Press and hold the shutter release button until you hear a beep. The beep indicates that the camera has finished focusing and is ready to take the photo.
4 – After you hear the beep, release the shutter release button to take the picture.
5 – Repeat steps 2 through 4 to take as many blur-free photos as you want.
That’s all there is to taking clear, non-blurry photos with an Android camera phone.
As a side note, the menu that appears on the side of the Camera app screen lets you adjust your camera’s settings such as White Balance and ISO just like a standard digital camera. If you experiment a bit you’ll be taking great photos with your Android phone in no time!
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