How to reduce camera shake is a big question, the answer is simple use tripod. But problem is that it is not possible to use tripod everywhere, so what to do?

Answer is to opt for lenses with VR (Vibration Reduction) or IS (Image Stabilization). You pay a pretty penny for this feature. For me, it’s worth the extra cost, and for the point I’m at in my photography it’s a reasonable expense. But that wasn’t always the case, and what about uber slow shutter speeds with no tripod. No IS or VR can hold up under pressure like that. . .no matter how magical they may be. . . and magical they are.

Here are some techniques for avoiding camera shake and achieving crisp, delicious images no matter the length of the lens, no matter the shutter speed.

1:- ELBOWS IN:- As often as possible pull your elbows in to your body and exhale completely before depressing the shutter. When you’re working with a wide aperture or low shutter speed (or both), even a breath can introduce shake. Pulling your elbows tight to your body can really help keep you steady. I also press my elbows firmly into my chest for even greater stability.

2:- RAISE YOUR LEFT SHOULDER:- I am definitely a right eyed photographer, requires that I shift for a moment to my left eye. What I’m doing here is raising my left shoulder, and bracing my left elbow into my rib-cage (no arrow for this one). For further stability, you can pull your right elbow in to your chest. As always, exhale completely before depressing the shutter to avoid introducing shake.

3:- CREATE A TRIPOD WITH YOUR KNEE:- You can create your own tripod by resting your elbow on your knee while in a seated position. Again, bring that other elbow in for greater support.

4:- LAY DOWN:- Lie flat and let the lens sit directly on the ground. The problem with this is that you’re likely to have quite a downward tilt to the lens and unless you’re aiming to photograph the pavement, you probably won’t end up with the shot you’re hoping for. You can balance the lens on top of the hand to give it some height.

5:- CRADLE IT:- You can create a sort of cradle for the lens between the shoulder and the wrist. Stabilized the hold by balancing the elbow on knee.

I hope my techniques helps you to obtain more sharper and crisper images.Please share you tricks and techniques in the comment section below

Photo credits: Picfest.


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December 12, 2008


Great bits of advice, thanks and good luck with your sales.

December 12, 2008


Great! Thanks for sharing it!

December 12, 2008


Great article. My camera's always shaking, so these tips will help. Not as much as my tripod and flash tho.

December 12, 2008


Another option is to use flash as your primary light. I used to always try to get sharp images of kids in low light using stabilization, high ISO, etc. but once I got the camera flash bouncing off walls, that made all the difference in getting sharp pictures with nice light.

December 12, 2008


got inputs, might use those technique

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