8 unbelievable ways to beat camera shake

8 unbelievable ways to beat camera shake

8 unbelievable ways to beat camera shake: take hold

7. Take hold

How you hold the camera can make a huge difference to how stable it is and how much shake there is likely to be.

It’s best to support the lens from underneath, for example, and tucking your elbows in towards you body is better than sticking them out wide.

Some photographers find holding their right shoulder or arm with their left hand to turn their left arm into a rest for a long lens works well.

If there’s a convenient wall or fence you can use this to prop-up your arm which then cushions the lens.

Also try going down on your right knee with your left elbow resting on your (raised) left knee while you hold the camera or lens with your left hand.

This creates a kind of human monopod with the weight of the camera being carried by your lower left leg and arm and it can be a pretty stable platform.

When shooting from low angles and lying on the ground, spread your elbows apart and rest them firmly on the ground while you hold the camera.

This creates a strong triangle shape that keeps the camera steady.

Where you stand can be as important as how you hold the camera.

If possible stay out of strong winds by finding shelter behind a tree, wall or rock.

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8. Deep breath

Even if you’re using a fast shutter speed, try to hold the camera steady before you take a shot.

Rather than pressing the shutter release down in a sharp jabbing motion, squeeze the camera to press the button home.

It can also be helpful to take a breath and hold it as you squeeze the shutter release to minimise any body movements.

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