No Tripod? Use body parts...or whatever...
This really does not sound as gruesome as the title implies.
Well a tripod is particularly useful when taking photographs to reduce the inevitable camera shake. But sometimes it is just not possible to drag that tripod along. Especially in places like shopping malls, museums, places of worship, etc. Continuously practicing using the camera helps over time to get better quality pictures.
So what to use when there is no tripod? Whatever is available at the scene. Use your bags, monopod, gorillapod or whatever is on hand.
But really my favourite prop is my right knee. No kidding. I like low angle shots. Plant bum to the ground, left leg crossed and flat to the ground with ankle hook behind or at the side of the right feet. Right leg bent and at 90 degree angle to the ground. Place camera on knee cap. Voila - impromptu tripod. This picture was taken in such a way. People stare, but who cares? Ignore distraction and focus.
There are usually plenty of rocks around a waterfall or streams. They can be a bit slippery but the dried ones can be used as props. This one was taken sitting down on the wet ground and luckily there were rock boulders enclosing the stream of waterfall.
One of my favourite prop. These can be found in both rural and urban settings. Depending on the architecture, these railings can be metal, wooden or other materials. For multi-level shopping centres, I like those fencing made of glass with metal railings on top of the glass. There is usually space between the glass partition and the metal railing to cramp the camera lens in between. Tilt the lens at a 45 degree angle and the metal railings on top serves as a clamp. Place the left hand underneath the lens barrel as additional support. It usually works. Easier to get ceiling architecture. This is a shot using that method.
Good as support to lean your back as additional support, especially when shooting upwards. Or wrap the left arm around the lamp post as a clamp while still supporting the camera. Right index finger is free and ready on the trigger. Sometimes it works sometimes not.
Grab Your Partner
Yeah, grab him or her to use as support.How to Reduce Camera Shake – 6 Techniques. Some of these techniques work for me. Some don't. It helps if the camera has the Image Stabilization (IS) or Vibration Reduction (VR) as the article mention.
I have been known to do crazy things to get a particular shot. What crazy things do you do to get yours?