A remote release, either cable or wireless is an essential piece of photographic kit, but there’s always the odd occasion when you don’t have one to hand.
If you find yourself in this predicament, activate the self-timer as this will trip the shutter after you have let go of the camera and any vibration has died down.
In most cases the 2-second delay option will be sufficient.
If possible, combine the self-timer with mirror lock-up or exposure delay mode to avoid the risk of vibration from the mirror movement creating blur.
6. Spread the weight
Even when you’re using a good tripod it can be hard to get a shake-free image when shooting on a wet beach.
The legs just keep sinking in deeper and deeper into the sand.
If you’re lucky, you’ll find that pushing the legs deep into the sand creates a solid base for shooting, but it means that your tripod is covered in sand that needs to be cleaned out of the joints and sometimes it doesn’t work.
Some tripod manufacturers produce snowshoes that are designed to spread the weight of the tripod and prevent the legs sinking to the snow, but they work just as well on sand.
If a set is available for your tripod, it’s worth considering buying some.
Alternatively, you can create your own tripod shoes using flat stones, old plates or even roof tiles; there are plenty of options available.
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