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Here are some tips on keeping camera steady
to avoid blurring of your pictures

Keeping camera steady

Keeping camera steady is always important to avoid blurred pictures. Especially in poor light you'll have to concentrate a little more to find the best ways. And you'll need some supprt other than your body. Here are some tips to help you keep your camera as steady as possible.

1. Using a tripod

Using a tripod for keeping camera steady with every shot is best. But we all know that most of us seldom bring tripods with us on a daily basis. And if you don't have a lightweight carbon fibre tripod, you are not likely to carry an "oldfashioned" tripod with you when hiking in nature. Then you must use the support that you find as you go.

2. Using your own body

  • First, choose a steady posture. Stand comfortably. Any strain is likely to weary you. Shooting with stretched hands is not a good way to keep camera steady.

  • With SLR's you normally use the optical viewfinder, and that gives extra support. But if your compact camera has an optical viewfinder, try to use it. Pressing the camera to your head with both hands gives extra support.

  • You can steady yourself by propping your elbows on a stone, on engine hood of your car, or whatever is at your disposal.

  • You may also try to sit. Place your elbows on your knees to keep camera steady.

  • Another steady position is to lie down with your elbows on the ground.

  • You can lean against tree trunks or put your camera on a steady branch.

  • Take a deep breath and release it when you are ready to shoot. At the moment you relax and keep your breath for a moment and press the shutter button gently.

  • If your digital camera has a zoom lens, you'll find it easier to shoot with slow shutter speeds at the wide-angle setting than with the telephoto one.

    3. Using a string support

    Another trick is to use a string that you fasten to your tripod mount on your camera. Find a quarter-inch/20-thread bolt (the half-inch size is long enough) and a matching hex nut or winged nut. Find some string at home and tie one end to the bolt. The string can be about 30 cm (a foot) longer than you are tall.

    Screw the bolt into the tripod mount and let the string fall to the floor. Step on it and pull the camera up to your eye. Make sure the string is taught as you come up and put your weight on it when the camera is just about eye level. As you pull up, the counter force is just what you need to steady the camera when you press the shutter.

    4. Using a bean bag

    Another favorite in keeping camera steady is a bean bag. Such a bag will also give you good support when sitting in your car. You can put the bag over otherwise uncooperative supports to fill in their unevenness and provide a good supprt for your camera.

    A bean bag can be made from any small bag made from tight cloth with a zipper. A small camera needs a small bag. If you have long telephoto lenses, the bags must be larger. Just fill it with beans, sunflower seeds or even sand or pebbles.

    Check out the internet if you want to buy a bean bag instead of making it yourself. Read about keeping camera steady with bean bag.

    5.Using a self-timer

    For scenes not moving you could use a thread release cable, or a remote control if possible. Most cameras has a self timer. Use that.

    Always have in mind that keeping camera steady is a must to get sharp pictures!

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