Macro Shoots n' Camera Vibrations

Most of us experience most of hand-shakes when we shoot macro or highly zoomed shots. Especially those of us who don't use a tripod or a D-SLR, things become worse.

Its just a vague idea I have that the vibration reduction techniques used in any camera are about generating a vibration in opposite direction.

I am a singer, composer and a song-writer. Many times I arrange my own music. In my career I came across a scientist who was working on the same principle for generating noise free cars. The concept was that the commuters in a car shouldn't hear any sound from outside. They were going to use the WAVELET principle there where they would generate a sound which will nullify the incoming sound from outside. At that point something went through my mind. I had the idea used in camera for reduction in shakes. But still it wasn't that fine.

Most of the photography sites, magazines, teachers have often told to use clips to keep the subject of a macro photograph steady. like clipping a leaf to some steady branch so it wont wobble with wind. Because in such cases even a tripod proves unworthy. But then its hard when u are clicking an insect on it.. because it might not really love that position changed. I many cases it understands an external force acting on its resting place which is not natural.

To solve this problem I found an idea using the examples above. I knew that holding the leaf or the object with my left hand are gonna generate tremors that are like my right hand. But the frequency should match in a way that the object I am clicking should move or vibrate in the frequency that my camera is shaking. The solution was simple. Hold the object with left hand... someway make it touch the right hand in a way that either of the hand rests on another.

You will be thinking that how will this stop the shaking of the camera. You are right it wont, But the touching of both the hands somewhat brings the shakiness to a close frequency of shake. While your left hand holds the object and the right clicks,,, both are shaking at almost same frequency and same direction. In the end the result can be better than what can be achieved with a camera on tripod clicking an insect on a leaf that cannot be clipped anywhere in an odd position.



Photo credits: Nikhil Gangavane.

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August 26, 2007


Hey, Did you guys benefit from the technique?

August 17, 2007


Normally, its the crazy people who find out crazy ideas which come out of helplessness. If I had the money to buy a better camera or a good tripod, I would never have reached these solutions or ever tried to think of them!

August 17, 2007


This is a good idea, and would make sense. I may have to give that a try. :)

August 17, 2007


Hmmm...sounds just a little crazy but I am crazy enough to give it a try! I have Vibration Reduction on my camera and that helps somewhat but there are always those days and weather conditions where anything might help.

August 17, 2007


interesting theory.. since i have been dealing with this very problem for a couple of weeks i may have to try your idea and see how it goes.

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