Monday, March 9, 2009

Ten Top Tips to Prevent Blurry Images.

A thoughtful mind

There is nothing better than a tripod or monopod to help steady your camera. But if you are like me, the inconvenience of lugging them around and setting up have led to alternatives.

1. Most shots of mine are hand held. Practice your shutter pushes so you only flex the muscles in your finger pad to cause the shutter release.

2. Click the shutter when you are slowly exhaling. I did hold my breath but this works better.

3. In low light situations I find using the camera timer to actuate the shutter helps you to eliminate even the slightest movement.

4. If you are using a point and shoot and focusing through the LCD pull the camera strap taunt and you will be able to steady your camera better.

5. In very low light situations sit down, cross your legs, put elbows on your knees.

6. With lens magnifications over 150mm use a lens with image stabilization. I find under 150mm image stabilization is overkill.

7. Use the fastest shutter speed you can in your lighting situation.

8. Open the aperture up to let in more light.

9. Use trees, rocks, banisters, poles as stabilization helpers. Bring a short piece of rope to connect to your camera strap and a stable object. With the strap around your neck and a connection to a stable object works nearly as well as a tripod.

10. Take lots of pictures. You can always delete ones that turned out blurry. And that is my most important advice. Sometimes, I will take a hundred pictures to get just the right one.


  1. Attach a piece of chord to a screw which fits the tripod hole, screw it in and step on the chord on the ground. At the right height/length, upward pressure stabilizes the camera like a monopod.

  2. Hi Warren that is a great tip and thanks for sharing.

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