Friday's Photo Tip - Keeping the Camera Steady
Camera movement - something that ruins many a good photo.
Nothing can be done to fix it no matter how much one spends on post processing programs.
Sometimes even taking a breath will cause just enough movement to blur the image.
Other than using a fast shutter speed that will capture the image really quick, the best thing to have on hand is a tripod.
Or a monopod, or a bean bag, or even a table or tree to steady the camera against.
I have used them all and even more in times of need.
The photo above is a mini tripod that I use for typical stock items. It's a table top model that works just perfectly for those indoor close shots with the white backgrounds.
When I need a steady shot, and I am outdoors and have the time, my regular size tripod comes in real handy. It is heavier and larger and takes time to set up correctly - not something I use unless I am staying put for a while.
My best traveling "pod" is a monopod with a floating ball head that allows quick movement.
It is lighter to carry around and much easier to maneuver when outside.
But one of the handiest "steadiers" I have used is a small beanbag filled with rice that I whipped up just for this purpose.
And when I forget to bring any of the above, a small empty ziplock bag (that I carry in my camera case) filled with sand or small pebbles works just fine - especially for the low, macro shots that I like to take outdoors.
And when all else fails, a tree trunk, table top, car roof, knee, or just holding my breath has worked too.
Necessity being the mother of invention - I try to keep an open eye and mind for all that is available.