avoid camera shake by holding your camera rock steady

how to hold a camera steady : the correct posture does matter

hold the camera tight to your face and keep arms tucked in to minimise camera shake

Here are my tips for reducing camera shake:

1. Choose a wide angle or short focal length like a 28mm lens to avoid camera shake. The rule of thumb is that you can hand hold a 30mm lens at 1/30th of a second, whereas a 300mm lens will need 1/300s or faster to avoid camera shake.

2. Use a tripod or use vibration reduced, VR lens( aka optical image stabilisation, OIS) I have abandoned my tripod in favour of vibration reduction. It is simply wonderful. Without it I can hand hold a 20mm lens at 1/20th . With it I can hold the same lens for 1/2s! 

3. Squeeze your shutter very, very gently.The key here is to keep the shutter depressed and get a feel for the point just before it releases. It's not dissimilar to finding the biting point of the clutch in a car. By holding at this point, you avoid jabbing the shutter release and shaking the camera at the moment of release. This is a really big problem for tense amateurs who are waiting for that moment. It takes practice but makes a big difference. 

4. If you are in an amazing shooting situation and the light is low. Putting your camera into continuous shooting mode and taking the third frame on really boosts your chances of a sharp shot. Effectively you are removing your initial camera shake on first pressing the shutter.

5. Get good posture. Avoid leaning forwards, you will rock and shake much more. Instead keep you shoulders back, stand up straight, and keep elbow tucked in. Pressing the camera gently in to your face also helps! 

The tips are not actually in order of importance.  I only use tripods in darkness.  Good ones are heavy and I like to shoot lots of variety quickly. I actually find the most useful techniques are to shoot in burst mode and use good posture - these are 2 little mentioned techniques! 

N.B. These techniques are about reducing camera shake due to the camera moving which is different to motion blur caused by the subject moving.

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