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Jun 30, 2011 11:52 |  #1

i feel like i get unnecessary shake when i shoot.... like i am not holding the camera steadily. i use BBF, and notice that the camera drifts when i press the focus button. then, when i press the shutter, it shakes the camera as well ever so slightly. having a t2i, a very light body, doesnt help.

i hold my left hand under the lens and brace my arms against my body, but still get some shake. what am i doing wrong?

cant use a tripod and MLU for every shot


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Jun 30, 2011 22:36 |  #2

You might want to look into a battery grip. Every time I take mine off I am amazed at how much of a difference there is.


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Jun 30, 2011 23:22 |  #3

i may just have to do that. i went to Adorama today to play with a 7D, and when i picked up the T2i after, it felt like a toy. need to add some heft to my camera (orrrr, just buy a 7D :p )


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Jul 01, 2011 08:48 |  #4

I hear L glass weighs a good bit ;)




  
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Jul 01, 2011 08:54 |  #5

i found this movement will lessen with time. is it impacting your IQ? bump the shutter speed.




  
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Jul 01, 2011 10:14 |  #6

I grip it by the husk.


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Jul 01, 2011 10:33 |  #7

Relax!
Something some people do without even realizing is they tense up tighten up their hold trying to stabilize the shot, in addition holding their breath while focusing and composing the shot through the view finder. It doesn't help if you're holding the camera up for extended periods either, but If you relax just a bit and breath normally while you do, you won't have as much shake.

There is a little Acronym target shooters and the Military use when on the range firing their weapons. B.R.A.S.S.
Breath, Relax, Aim, Stop, Squeeze.
Same principle can be applied to photography.
Breath and relax while you compose the shot, then only just before or as you press the shutter button briefly hold your breath.
After a while you'll be doing it without even thinking about it or knowing that you do it.


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Jul 01, 2011 11:31 |  #8

nathancarter wrote in post #12688204 (external link)
I grip it by the husk.

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Jul 02, 2011 09:19 |  #9

tkerr wrote in post #12688309 (external link)
Relax!
Breath, Relax, Aim, Stop, Squeeeeeeeeze.

You should be a little surprised when the shutter trips.


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Jul 02, 2011 09:27 |  #10

Joe McNally answers your question: http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=EDsx3-FWfwk (external link)

ekinnyc wrote in post #12683224 (external link)
i feel like i get unnecessary shake when i shoot.... like i am not holding the camera steadily. i use BBF, and notice that the camera drifts when i press the focus button. then, when i press the shutter, it shakes the camera as well ever so slightly. having a t2i, a very light body, doesnt help.

i hold my left hand under the lens and brace my arms against my body, but still get some shake. what am i doing wrong?

cant use a tripod and MLU for every shot


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ekinnyc wrote in post #12683224 (external link)
i feel like i get unnecessary shake when i shoot.... like i am not holding the camera steadily. i use BBF, and notice that the camera drifts when i press the focus button. then, when i press the shutter, it shakes the camera as well ever so slightly. having a t2i, a very light body, doesnt help.

i hold my left hand under the lens and brace my arms against my body, but still get some shake. what am i doing wrong?

cant use a tripod and MLU for every shot


Wish that photographers would stop using text speak....what is BBF?




  
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Jul 02, 2011 09:41 |  #12

Back Button Focus.


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Jul 02, 2011 09:50 |  #13

400dabuser wrote in post #12693023 (external link)
Wish that photographers would stop using text speak....what is BBF?

It's not just photographers, and text speak is getting more common every day; Unfortunately. Pretty soon it's going to be a new language.

I have a long military background, so acronym use is nothing new to me. Nevertheless, I feel there is too much of it going around, not everything needs to be associated with an acronym. Especially if people don't take the time at least once in their message posts clarify what it is.


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Jul 02, 2011 09:54 as a reply to  @ tkerr's post |  #14

This is HOW I hold my camera.

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Jul 02, 2011 10:01 |  #15
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PixelMagic wrote in post #12693031 (external link)
Back Button Focus.

Silly me :oops:

tkadrum wrote in post #12693071 (external link)
This is HOW I hold my camera.
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That is how I hold with only my 70-200mm, some of the people I know were amazed at what an eyeful of great photos I have :cool:




  
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