Ever spoiled one of your best shots because of camera shake? One of the most annoying, and preventable, hazards for amateur photographers, are blurred images caused by an unstable camera.
Like most workmanship problems, the root cause is the user and how s/he uses the camera.
The easiest way to reduce the possibility of a shaky camera is by setting up a tripod, which will create a stable platform and control the shakes.
However, it is not always possible to carry a tripod as it is heavy and cumbersome.
Another common cause of the shakes is a camera with a low shutter speed setting. The tiniest movement of the camera can spoil the shot; the easiest way round this is to make sure you don’t press the shutter release button too hard or too quickly. Pressing the button slowly will ensure the camera is more stable when the film or digital sensor is exposed to light.
As many digital cameras do not come with the facility of placing them on a tripod before shooting, handling or holding the camera correctly and firmly is paramount to reducing camera shakes and blurred images.
Holding the camera:
Observe professional photographers and notice how they hold the camera. There is a special technique involved which, if followed, will help you to prevent shakes and blurs.
While everyone has a personal shooting style and pattern which makes them feel comfortable, there is much to be learnt from professional photographers, who often have years of experience in handling cameras. However, before you start imitating a style which impresses you, make sure you know how to handle the camera.
Position of your right hand: Your right hand should grip the right side of the camera and the forefinger should be placed just above the shutter button. The three fingers should curl in front of the camera, giving more grip to the forefinger.
The thumb should be at the back of the camera, giving the right hand extra grip. Take special care with the right hand grip, as the right hand is the main source of grip. By the same token, don’t make your grip so hard that you end up causing the camera to shake.
Left hand: Professional photographers generally do not use their left hand to grab the camera. However, if you own a heavy camera or your lens and other accessories have made the camera heavy, you may need the left hand to share the weight of the camera.
If you have a lens extension, you need to catch the bottom of the lens to provide extra support and share the weight of the camera.