Photographers visiting public events such as the Olympics aren’t always able to shoot with a tripod. While this may disappoint many photographers, there are often creative ways to shoot without tripods and avoid camera shake.
With some practice, learning how to hold a camera steady when a tripod isn’t an option can become second nature, and you’ll never have to settle for pictures that aren’t sharp.
Here are our three favourite methods to hold a camera steady.
1. Lean on me
Find something solid, like a wall or post, that can improve your balance. Increase your ISO setting to get a slightly faster shutter speed, which should be roughly equivalent to the focal length of your lens for your picture to be sharp handheld – for example, 1/200 sec at 200mm.
2. Adjust your posture
Pull your elbows tightly into your sides. Next, cup one hand just under your lens, and with your other hand brace the side of the camera. You should be able to use your index finger on the hand bracing the side to press the shutter-release button.
3. Become a wrap artist
Try wrapping your camera strap several times around your wrist or arm. This keeps your camera close and secure. For the more daring, you can also wrap it around your neck and hold your camera against your face with your eye to the viewfinder.