20droger wrote in post #9335223
Learn to do the other kind of shooting. There are many books and articles about how to hold yourself steady for a clean shot. The same techniques apply to using a camera. Posture, breath control, and how you hold the camera are all-important.
ceriltheblade wrote in post #9342020
20droger: I am sorry, but I am unsure about what you mean: "the other kind of shooting". I realize that the posture and technique are important, hence my question...but I will search for some books and more articles to see if I can gather any other techniques.
For posture, make sure you are well balanced. When standing, place your feet about shoulder width apart and pointed outward at about 45° to your hip line (90° to each other). Avoid leaning, as this will throw off your center of balance and make you less stable.
For breathing, compose your shot, take a slightly larger than normal breath (not a deep I-have-to-swim-underwater-the -length-of-the-pool breath), let about one-third of it out. pause, take your shot, then resume breathing.
For holding the camera, use both hands, the left hand supporting the camera's weight and the right hand taking the shot. Do not support the camera with your shooting hand, as this will make your hand quiver. Keep your left arm tucked into your body so the support is transferred to your torso.
And very gently press the shutter; don't jab it. The biggest single reason for camera shake is people jabbing the shutter. Your finger should sneak up on the shot very gently, almost by surprise. Try to arch you finger so that the tip is touching only the shutter button itself, not the rim around the button. If you press the rim, you move the camera.
And you get good shots just like you get to Carnegie Hall: practice, practice, practice.