Camera Shake


A lot of photographers will feel frustrated to find images with the blurriness. There seem to be many reasons that cause images to be burry, and the most popular reason is the camera shake.

Camera Shake

When the camera shake occurs, you will find the camera move while you’re having the photo exposure. The movement may not be significant but it still causes the blurriness.  Below, I’d like to list four situations in which the camera shake is commonly found.

You don’t hold the camera correctly
You should try to hold the camera in the right way, because this helps reduce the camera share. Basically, there is a common way for holding point-and-shoot or SLR cameras:

  • Keep the camera in a short distance from your body
  • Tuck your elbows in against the side of your body
  • The camera grip should be held firmly but in a relaxing way
  • Stand with your legs approximately a shoulder-width apart

These actions are to keep your body and camera stable, which makes the camera stand still as much as possible when you are shooting photos.

The camera shake is caused by popular technique errors

You may make some typical mistakes regard of the technical aspect when you are using the camera. You can follow the following tips to avoid these technique errors.

  • Not holding the the shutter release button but stabbing it
  • Not holding the camera at your eye for a moment after you finish the shutter action, but move it from your eyes fast.

Shutter Speed Is Slow

While it is common that for night photography, the shutter speed needs to be slow, this is one of the major causes of the blurriness. When the shutter speed is a number of less than the focal length measurement or more than 1/60 of one second, it is commonly considered slow. For instance, if your lens measurement is 300mm, it will be very difficult to shoot a clear photo at the speed of 1/300 of one second. If your lens has the measurement of 28mm, 1/60 of one second is known as the slow speed. As the camera cannot be kept steady with human hands, slow shuttering speed is a thing to concern. The larger sizes of lenses make the camera weight increase on the hand, so it causes shake. You can set the high speed to lower the exposing duration as well as the amount of the camera shake that is possibly transmitted to the film.

Support Is Not Stable

Another typical cause of the shake is that you don’t have the stable support when the photos are exposed in a long duration.

remote release can be very nice to help reduce the camera shake that’s caused by support problems. However, below are certainly situations that likely results in significant shaking::

  • The tripods are overextended
  • You shoot photos on a running vehicle
  • You put the camera on boats or floating docks to shoot a photo
  • You capture images when your camera is on your friend’s back

Putting you camera on a soft backpack above a flat rock and using a remote release can be a nice solution to keep the shooting stable.

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