Professional photographer, David Bergman, has linked up again with AdoramaTV for his popular Two Minute Tips series. This time, Bergman discusses several easy to implement methods for keeping your camera stable and reducing camera shake. For those photographers working in less than ideal lighting conditions, or forced to shoot with lower shutter speeds due to circumstances, the following tips should prove invaluable and hopefully help you get shake free shots.
The first tip Bergman covers is setting your shutter speed to double of what your lenses focal length is. For example, when using a 50mm lens, shooting at 1/100s will help minimize camera shake. Additionally, boosting your ISO can help you get faster shutter speeds in the event you’re unable to, say, shoot at 1/100s due to lighting conditions. For those times when you just don’t have enough light, positioning your body in certain ways can also help reduce camera shake. Bergman recommends placing your body against something solid like a wall or tree.
Keeping your left hand under the lens with your elbows tucked while shooting will also provide a stable base allowing for less blur due to camera shake. Breathing is another consideration. While shooting, hold the camera steady, take slow deep breaths and shoot at the end of your exhale. And if all else fails, Bergman hilariously suggests shooting in burst mode and even if you shoot 100 images and only get 1 great image, just delete the other 99 and you’ll be considered a genius!
All of these are awesome tips by Bergman, especially suggesting setting the shutter speed at double the amount of your focal length. I actually like to triple my shutter speed over my focal length just to be absolutely sure, but I know when my shutter speed goes down I have to be more diligent about my body positioning. Higher megapixel cameras such as the Nikon D810 require better handling to reduce camera shake, so Bergman’s tips on how to hold the camera will prove useful. Of course, lenses with image stabilization will also be helpful, but for times you don’t have one these tips will come in handy.