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How to Prevent Camera Shake

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

Camera shake, it’s so annoying. Sometimes, you may not even realize your hands are shaking. But once you see your blurry photos, you know that something must have set you off.

Your hands may shake for various reasons. Nerves, an object getting in your way and moving the camera at the last minute…there are countless culprits and there’s no way to avoid all of them. However, there are tips that are helpful. Here are a few to consider.

Use a Tripod

When it comes to avoiding camera shake, tripods are the easiest and most obvious choice. One reason photographers avoid using them is because they add weight to the camera bag. However, there are small tripods that are easy to transport.

Tripods can also be limiting if you are trying to take pictures close to the ground or if you’re moving around a lot to get a variety of angles. If you are taking these kinds of shots, you may want to consider other options.

Increase Shutter Speeds

Fast shutter speeds capture images quickly reducing the risk of blur that may be caused by movement of the subject or the photographer. When it comes to finding a shutter speed, the faster the better. If you’re working in low light, you can also increase the ISO to boost shutter speeds. If your camera doesn’t work well at high ISO’s, consider taking the trusty old tripod.

Use Remote Release

A remote release allows you to take shots without actually pressing your camera’s button. Some cameras allow you to trigger remote release using a smartphone. Another option is to use your camera’s self-timer.

Work on Your Stance and Breathing

As a photographer, one of the best things you can do to get steady shots is to work on your stance and breathing. This will decrease your risk of getting blurry shots no matter what conditions you’re shooting under.

For best results hold the camera close to your body using both hands with your feet shoulder width apart. Tuck your elbows tightly to your side.

Some photographers also say the right breathing can help. They suggest taking a deep breath before taking the shot then exhaling after it is taken. Others recommend taking a breath and exhaling while it’s being taken. Try both to see what works best for you.

Note, holding your breath while the shot is taken is not recommended for long exposure photography!

Use Objects for Support

There may also be objects around you that you can use as support. For example, some photographers like to lean against a wall to get steadier images when they shoot.

If you are moving around a lot, trying to get different angles, look for what’s around you. There may be a nearby tree stump or you can even use the ground itself. A camera bag can also work as a supportive surface if necessary.

Don’t let shaky hands ruin your shots. The tips in this article will help you capture images that are free from blur. What do you do to make sure your images come out clear?

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