Tuesday, 2 July 2013

How to shoot shake-free photos without a tripod

You may not want to carry around a bulky tripod when you’re on a outing or sightseeing. Tripods work out best for capturing long-shutter shots in low light or HDR shots where steady frames are critical, but when you don’t have a tripod at hand, you should be willing to compromise a bit on the quality.
You should first try to lower the f-stop to the least possible value, which results in a larger aperture—a large aperture between f/1.4 and f/2.8 with the lens completely zoomed out (widest end) should work out well in dim light environments. If that still results in blurred results, boost the ISO. This increases the sensitivity of the sensor but in turn increases the amount of grain (noise) in the photographs. Very few cameras yield almost noise-free results at ISO speeds of 800 and higher. Also, keeping your elbows as close to your body while holding the camera with both your hands and breathing out and holding your breath before you press the shutter release helps you keep the camera steady.

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