5 Ways to Avoid Camera Shake
Written 6 years ago by Lee Milthorpe
Camera shake; Guaranteed to ruin what could otherwise have been a perfect photograph. It can be a big problem when shooting in certain situations and only the smallest of movements can play a huge role in making your shots blurry. Not good when you’re going for crispness. (not sure that’s a real word but I’m going with it)
The following tips will help reduce camera shake, giving you a much better final result when it comes to processing your shots.
1. Use a Tripod
The biggest reason for camera shake is your own movement, so if you do have a tripod it’s a good idea to use it. Your camera will be steady which is essential when you need to use a longer exposure.
2. Use a Shutter Release Cable
Even with a tripod, you can still get camera shake when you press the shutter. A shutter release cable is a wire that plugs into your camera and gives you a new shutter button, so you can take your shot without even touching the camera.
3. Use the Timer
Another way to avoid shake when you press the shutter is to use your in camera timer. You simply press the shutter and a few seconds later, the camera takes the shot automatically. Again, it’s all about removing yourself from the shooting process.
4. Make Yourself Stable
If you don’t have a tripod or the situation means you can’t use one, there are several ways you can help to reduce shake. The most important thing is to make yourself as stable as possible. Are you standing awkwardly? Could you crouch down and use your knee to balance yourself better? Maybe holding the camera closer to your body might help? Different methods work better for different people so if you do have to manually hold the camera, try and find a stance that works for you; that makes you as stable as possible.
5. Make the Camera Stable
If there’s something around you that could help keep the camera steady, don’t forget to use it. If you’re out in the mountains there will probably be a rock that you could use to rest the camera on. Out in the fields? Use a fence post. Trying to get low down? Rest the gear on the floor.
If you don’t have the tools, there are plenty of ways to improvise but the best way to avoid camera shake really is to remove yourself and let other tools or objects keep the camera steady for you.