Ways to Diminish Dreaded Camera Shake
With the photography digital age, a new pattern has emerged in how people hold their cameras. Not so much for DSLR cameras, that still reflect much of their
film camera layout, and thus the way they are used, to their film predecessors of the past, but with point & shoot cameras.
When the point and shoots first became digital, they were engineered and employed pretty much the same as their film counterparts. People still needed to bring them up to see with their eyes in order to frame their photo. They then evolved to using the rear monitor as the primary way to see into the camera. Many still contained a holdover viewfinder, but as later models came along the old school viewfinder became smaller and smaller as digital displays became larger and larger until today almost all, point & shoot cameras contain no optical viewfinder at all. Today's cameras have become so small one can easily fit into a shirt pocket.
The shooting posture has now become holding the camera around arm's length to capture an image. The ever present issue is that dreaded "camera shake." Most often an issue in indoor / low light environments (out in the bright sunlight just about any camera will automatically choose a fast shutter speed, calling off all but the majority of spirited camera movements), at times the faintest tremor can bring about a blurry, shaky picture. If camera shake seems to be one of your problems, then making use of a bulky tripod will guarantee all camera shake being eliminated, however it kind of defeats any convenience and the spontaneity by using a point & shoot.
The common stereotype vision of a driver of race car is one of sitting way back with outstretched arms. However in all reality, racers sit very close to their steering wheel with their arms in a bent position. This gives the driver added leverage plus the movement necessary to make instant corrections.
In a similar way it takes more effort to hold a camera still while it's being held at arms length. Using the old style film point & shoots, a photographer could keep the camera steady using three contact points: both hands and their forehead, creating a kind of tripod effect. By holding the camera removed from the body takes away one of those contact points. However there are other techniques that help.
Put your elbows upon a firm surface if you can, maybe a desk or table or, if you are sitting down, even by using your knees. This will diminish any unwanted arm movement.
These techniques can help diminish camera shake although they won't do a thing for motion blur created when your subject moves quicker than what your shutter speed is able to stop. However at least you've taken all the steps on your part to make the image as sharp as doable.
In place of that, try to bend your arms somewhat and tuck them closer your body and lean up against a fixed object, such as a wall, a pole or tree.
The straightforward step of just pushing the shutter button at times can create camera shake while in poor light situations. Try pressing the button with an even, slow motion. Also, instead of just pushing down on the shutter button, gently push up your camera from the bottom with an identical of force at the same moment, sort like of a pinching action. This takes practice, however the technique can reduce shaking significantly.
Dec 27, 2011