Amateurs and pros alike face the fact that slower shutter speeds and camera shake lead to blurred images. This tutorial by David Bergman demonstrates some of the main reasons for camera shake and how to overcome them:
Camera Shake Rule of Thumb
The old school rule of thumb about camera shake is that as long as the denominator of the shutter speed is bigger than the focal length, you can avoid image blur. That means that if you’re shooting at 50mm, you should select at least a shutter speed of 1/50 of a second or faster to get a blur-free image. In the real world, the wider the focal length, the less the camera shake.
Modern lenses come with built-in image stabilization and selectable ISO. These are great in terms of speeding up the shutter speed and getting blur-free images.
Body Positions to Prevent Camera Shake
There are a host of techniques that you can adapt in order to minimize camera shake.
First, keep one hand underneath the lens barrel (as demonstrated below) in order to stabilize it.
Tuck your elbows in to your body to reduce movement.
Spread your feet slightly so you’re properly balanced.
If possible, lean against a wall or a tree for additional support.
Take slow, deep breaths and press the shutter release at the end of your exhale.
Look through the viewfinder instead of at the LCD screen to compose shots. Holding your camera up against your faces gives you an extra bit of support.
If you have to use the back LCD screen, use the camera neck strap and hold it as far and as hard as you can. It should give you some leverage to get sharp clean video footage.
Finally, if you’re still plagued by the problem of camera shake, set your camera to burst mode and fire away as many shots as you can. Chances are you will get at least a few frames that are perfectly sharp.
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