Useful Photography Tip #97: Keep Your Elbows Tucked in For More Stable Photos

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X100s photos from first meetup (18 of 26)ISO 10001-20 sec at f - 2.0

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Lots of folks when they’re first starting out (and even when they’re more experienced) bring their camera up to their eye and have their elbows and arms out and about. Even when combined with proper breathing control, you can still get blurry photos as a result of camera shake. The reason for this is because you’re not stabilizing yourself and instead your making your body more prone to shaking. The way to eliminate this problem is by streamlining your body and straightening up.

By this, we specifically mean by tucking your elbows into your body. The logic for this works similarly to taking photos otherwise–the close the camera is to your body, the more stable the photo will be. The further outstretched your arms are, the more shaky the image will be.

So what you’ll need to do is tuck your elbows into your body or as close as you can to prevent shaking.

Pass this onto to anyone who always has blurry images.