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6 Tips for Camera Stability

6 Tips for Camera Stability

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Being able to hold a camera and shoot without actually shaking is something that requires discipline, practice and patience. These six tips show other ways of achieving the desired stability – use and abuse because a firm camera is synonymous with fabulous photos.

  1. Tripod: The best friend of any photographer. There isn’t actually a more stable method than taking pictures using a good tripod.
  2. Smooth surface: for those who do not have a tripod, you can easily improvise to land the machine on a flat surface – a table, wall or stack of books – for (albeit with some limitations) achieve virtually the same effect.
  3. Remote control: for those with hands trembling constantly, the best tip is, without doubt, the use of a remote control to activate the camera, because sometimes the actual movement of pressing the trigger can be enough to shake the picture. For an optimal effect, use it in conjunction with a tripod or any flat surface.
  4. Sit back: to get a little extra support, lean back against a wall, door or tree to shoot with greater stability.
  5. Use the body: the body itself can be used to ensure a bigger and better balance in time to shoot – separate your feet, using your shoulders width as a reference; sit down and rest an elbow on one knee to form a natural tripod ( Always keep your elbows in), lie on the floor face down, form a fist with one hand and land on the camera; a crouched position, supporting an elbow on one knee and “wedge” the camera between a pulse and shoulder.
  6. Breathe in and out: it may seem strange, but many professional photographers suggest this technique as essential – before pressing the trigger, breathe gently, but deeply, and exhale only when you shoot; you can also do the opposite. The simple movement caused by respiration can interfere negatively or positively with the act of shooting, and being aware of that can help stabilize your pose as a photographer.

Selecting a Photography Camera

Selecting a Photography Camera

Ever wondered how some magazines are able to take those amazing shots? No magic was involved in making it happen. The only thing done was getting the right equipment to shoot the subject.

The camera was first invented some time in the early 19th century. This invention was big and heavy so there was always a crew present to bring it around.

Improvements later on made this easy to carry around because of the weight and size. This also enabled people to buy it at a cheap price.

Cameras needed batteries for the flash and a roll of film so that the pictures can be developed. It took years before manufacturers were able to produce digital cameras, which is what is more popular these days.

There are more than 40 brands fighting in the photography market. This can surely give the person a headache in selecting the right camera to use. Here are some tips that will help in the deciding process.

  1. The person has to work on a certain budget. The basic model can be bought for less than $400. Those who want the advanced one that has interchangeable accessories will be spending more than a $1,000.
  2. Image resolution plays another factor in selecting a camera. The first models that came out were 3.0 or 4.0. Nowadays, there are 8.1 and higher making the images much clearer when these are seen on the LCD screen, in the computer or when it is printed on paper.
  3. The digital camera comes with a CD. Before selecting a particular brand, this has to be checked if the software is compatible with the computer at home. The person may have to upgrade it if it does not suit the requirements.
  4. The digital camera must also have a built in memory aside from the memory card. This will allow the user to shoot more than 300 pictures before it has to be uploaded in the computer. The individual can get more shots by buying a card that has more space.
  5. The digital camera must have an LCD to review the pictures after each shot that can be deleted if it is not that good. It must also have flash, a built in timer and a time and date setup display. The person can also ask the clerk for the model that records a few minutes of video.

There are a lot of photography cameras to choose from. There is no single brand that is better than the other because these function in the same manner. The individual can read some magazines to get some reviews before buying one and bringing it home.

liminate Camera Shake In Nighttime and Long Exposure Photography

liminate Camera Shake In Nighttime and Long Exposure Photography

In a previous article, I talked about how camera shake is your enemy in shooting photos at night. The reason being that camera shake introduces out of focus blurring that will mess up ANY long exposure shooting – not just at night.

The blurring may not be noticeable in smaller prints, but if you want something for the wall – you may find that shot you were so proud of isn’t any good at all!

In the first “anti-camera shake” tip I said you would need a tripod and that you should shoot with a timed shutter release or use a bulb. In this way you don’t introduce shake by depressing the shutter button.

Now for one last camera shake removal technique – most of the higher quality DSLR’s and SLR’s have a feature called the “mirror lockup”.

This is another photo tip that very few of us use, but it can make a big difference.

If you didn’t know, here is how it works… When you are looking through the viewfinder you are not looking directly through the lens. You are looking at a mirrored reflection. Actually it’s two reflections. It’s these reflections that turn over the image and let us see it the way it is… not upside down.

Light goes in through the lens, hits a mirror at 45 degrees, then bounces up into the viewfinder and off another prism surface and out into your eye.

That first 45 degree mirror is actually in front of the shutter and has to be lifted out of the way when the shutter is opened to let in light. The lifting and dropping of the mirror is that clicking sound you hear when you depress the shutter button.

That lifting motion causes camera shake. Admittedly it’s not very much, but enough to introduce blur.

When you are all set to take your tripod mounted, timed release, long exposure shot… lock up the mirror. This does exactly what it sounds like it does; it lifts the mirror, and locks it in place so there is no movement when the shot is taken.

BTW – After you lock up the mirror, give it a few seconds to let the camera settle before you shoot. There will be minor vibrations for a little while.

Don’t know if your camera has this feature? Check the manual! You shouldn’t have ANY buttons, switches or knobs on your camera that you don’t understand! They are all there for a reason.

If you want really good long exposure photographs – use a tripod, trip the shutter with a timed exposure and lock up the mirror. Then, as long as you don’t trip over the tripod, you will have amazing night time photography

Tips for Better Digital Photography

Tips for Better Digital Photography

Digital photography is quickly replacing film photography. While there are some hobbyists and even professional photographers that still shoot film photos, the many advantages of digital photos are winning over more photographers on a daily basis. Digital photography tends to be easier and faster to shoot. In addition, it gives the photographer more options in shooting the pictures, editing the photos and even printing and ways of sharing the photos. If you’re ready to be a better digital photographer, here are some tips to get you shooting higher quality photos.

Tip #1 Be Aware of the Background

Not only do you have to be conscious of the subject you are shooting, but you also need to be aware of the objects or scenery in the background. The awareness helps you to keep trees from seemingly growing out of people’s heads or a passing vehicle that draws the attention away from your subject. Even if it means moving the subject you are shooting over a couple of steps or adjusting the angle at which you take the photo, it can make all the difference in the outcome of the picture.

Tips #2 Use Available Lighting

If your digital camera has an option to turn the flash off and there is sufficient natural lighting, then switch the flash off. In general, the flash on a camera is harsh and it reflects in the color quality of the digital photography. Camera flash can make human skin look pale or can distort colors and make subjects blurry. Indoor photographs may not provide enough light for the picture to turn out, so you may need to use the flash. In these circumstances, shoot away from windows or bright lights inside of the home or area to avoid overexposure of what you are shooting as well.

Tip #3 Shoot at a Slight Angle

Rather than take the photo straight ahead, shoot at a slight angle. Even a three-quarter angle toward a person’s face permits you to see more of the person’s features and expressions than if you shoot the photograph right in front of the subject’s face. Shooting subjects at a slight angle also has a slimming effect on the person that you are shooting and how they turn out in the photograph.

Tip #4 Focus

Not only can you use the focus feature on a digital camera, but you can also move closer or further away from what you are shooting to bring the subject into focus. When you get a little closer to your subject, the subject tends to fill more of the frame of the camera, and ultimately the photograph. This allows you to enhance the photograph and avoid taking photos with too much of a background and not enough of the subject you wanted to capture in the first place.

Tip #5 Avoid Dead Center Subjects

Never put the subject of your picture in the dead center of the frame. Instead, put the subject slightly off center; not a lot but just a little. When shooting a group of people, draw an imaginary line in the center of the group. Then, shift slightly to the left or the right of the imaginary line to take the picture.

Following these tips won’t turn you into an award-winning photographer overnight. What it will do is get you on the right path to taking better and more powerful photographs that others will comment on for years to come. Digital photography may remain your hobby or you may be able to make a little cash from selling your photographs. Either way, these tips will get you where you want to be.