You go out, find a great location, scout out a great scene, pull out the camera and start taking photos. The settings are dialed in, your composition is great, things are prefect. You get home, upload your photos and then the shock hits. Blurry photos from a shaky camera. This article will discuss how to avoid this situation and help you reduce camera shake with a tripod!
Don’t let this happen to you, reduce camera shake with a tripod
Having a tripod can provide you with lots of benefits, as far as taking pictures is concerned. It is one of the things that you need to invest in, in order to have sharp high-quality photos. Aside from that, it would also help you in taking glorious pictures of sunset or sunrise or maybe even the milky way.
The very best way to ensure that your camera is steady, especially during a longer exposure is by mounting it on a tripod. You will get the best results in these types of scenarios:
A low-light scenario can require lengthy exposures. A tripod can allow you to use slower shutter speeds and still get excellent results. Depending on the weight and length of your lens, your ability to capture sharp images while hand holding the camera will vary.
If your composition requires a great depth of field in order to maximize sharp detail in a scene, you probably need to use a slow exposure. You can create a great depth of field by using a smaller aperture, which lets in a smaller amount of light during the exposure. Because less light is coming in, the exposure time increases, and that makes you need a tripod.
Reduce camera shake by not hand holding it
When shooting handheld, your breathing and/or shaky nerves can cause the camera to move after you’ve locked your focus point causing your point of focus to change right before you snap the shot. A tripod ensures that this doesn’t occur.
If you have a tripod, but you do not use a remote shutter release, you still may get blurred shots even with the use of a tripod. This can be due to the way you press the shutter button, in taking the pictures. To get around that, all you actually need to have is a remote. Aside from that, you can also make use of your camera’s delay timer.
A tripod can be unstable by:
- Having cheap leg fasteners / too heavy a load for the legs
- Poor Quality Feet (or poor foot placement)
- A high Height to Base ratio
You’ll notice that you have a lot of stability when the distance between the legs is greater than the height of the tripod. As you increase the height in comparison to the distance between the legs, you lose stability.
Your expensive camera gear is mounted on top of the tripod. Its protection depends on a stable base. In public places, someone could knock into your tripod. Whether or not you have to dive for it is dependent on this stability. Make a good investment in this important piece of gear!
Vibrations equal camera shake
The world has wind. It has people moving about. You may not notice that something like a very light gust could shake your shot during a normal exposure – but the problems will exacerbate as your exposure lengthens. To solve this, reduce camera shake with a tripod and use a remote shutter release.
The sturdiest of all tripods will withstand a heavy load, wind, and vibration. Finding the right one for you means weighing your use case against price, carry-ability, pack-ability, load bearing, stability in wind, and stability with vibrations.
In any setting I personally find that using a tripod is the best way to capture a photo. You don’t have to worry about how much you shake or when you breathe will it mess the picture up. When you have a good quality tripod, it will put you at ease when you go to take that one in a million shot.
See my review of the Geekoto X25 Defender Tripod