By Zafar Jamati
|This lady is not holding her camera correctly|
Go to any tourist destination and you'll see a whole host of enthusiast photographers holding the camera out at arm's length, teetering over barriers and ledges to take that all important group shot or, God forbid, a selfie.
To remedy this situation, we've distilled the essence of photographic stances for stability. Take these easy steps and you'll have sharp shots every time:
Left hand body, right hand manoeuvrability - Unfortunately this is true even if you're left handed because the shutter release button on most modern cameras is on the right hand side. You can, however, reverse this if you're using a smartphone, where the screen will conveniently rotate to suit your needs!
Hold the camera grip in your right hand, feel for the shutter and lift the camera up. Rest the body of the camera in your left hand, taking its weight. This will allow you to adjust focus and zoom on the lens with your forefinger and thumb. Remember to use your left hand for large movements and your right hand for delicate positional movements.
Pop it and lock it - This is the technique that will lower your centre of gravity, making your body more stable and less prone to swaying. Similar to martial arts, take your subject almost side on, move your feet to shoulder width apart with one behind the other, lean slightly forward and, this is the important bit... as you bring up the camera to eye level, tuck in your elbows as close to your body as is comfortable.
Lean - Are you near a ledge? Rest your elbows on it. Near a wall? Lean against it. If possible find higher ground, crouch down, and rest your elbow on your knee; this also acts as a stand in tripod!
Shoot - Lower your heart rate by breathing deeper and slower for longer, exhaling completely right before firing the shutter. Admittedly you're not an army sniper, but this is why taking photographs is called shooting!
So there it is - top tips on how to reduce camera shake and the resulting blurry shots. It's amazing how many people wonder why their pictures have come out blurry and yet they've not followed any of these crucial points.
Of course these tips will not completely eliminate camera shake, that's why it's important to use a camera with optical image stabilisation, a tripod and higher shutter speeds, which we'll be covering in future posts.
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