Right posture of the camera
Very often I see people doing wrong postures with the camera. Taking the wrong stance highly increases the possibility for bad or blurred photos. Because of that I made this extensive chapter about the correct posture of the camera, posture and stance of the photographer and tipps to achieve better photos.
Blurred photos have several reasons:
Let us look at it step by step to see, which sources of error appear and how we can avoid them.
A special sort of sport in the holidays can be to watch people taking photos. There are some diverse types of photographers.
Looking cool while photographing is much more important than the later result. The camera is held casual with one arm.
The more south the holiday is, the more helps the sun that acceptable photos are created with this technique. However, a vacation in the north, or photos in the evening or while it is raining should be avoided by people using these techniques.
There is already an improvement, when you take pictures with both hands.
Interesting is, that not only small compact cameras are held with one hand but also massive Single Lens Reflex Cameras (SLR).
And the weight is the problem. The weight, which supports in regular postures the steadiness of the camera, becomes quite heavy if used one handed and the photographer can barely keep it steady.
Always handle the camera with both hands – whereupon in the following picture the posture is far from perfect.
The big displays of the cameras, which show the picture before actually taking it, lure photographers towards not looking through the finder. Not by looking through the finder the camera becomes steadier, but because of the stabilization due to the forehead of the photographer. By using this technique, the camera gains another old point additionally to the hands.
A good photographer always cares about standing stable.
In the picture above the model is standing (foreground) more stable than the photographer.
Even if you want to make a particular photo from another perspective, you should always care about a solid stand. Otherwise, the possibility increases that the photo becomes blurred.
The best would be to carry a folding ladder around.
For a stable stand both feet should be standing flat on the ground (High heels can be a difficulty). Gain additional steadiness by setting one food slightly forward and taking a broad position.
Right posture holding a camera
As the next step you should be aware of your own breathing! Like snipers mind the process of exhaling and inhaling and analyze when your body is calmest. It differs from human to human, if it is while or after exhaling or inhaling.
Some say to hold one/‘s breath is the moment, where the body is calmest. But if you forget to breath over longer periods of time it is a reason to worry! So, do not totally forget about breathing. A photographer, who becomes bluer and bluer till he faints and hits the floor is mostly not the result you want to achieve.
And always remember – it is totally irrelevant, how stupid the photographer looks while taking the pictures – this cannot be seen on the finished pictures!
Some acrobatic twisting can cause amusement of the photographed person, which can lead to beautiful pictures.
A good tripod (with that I do not mean the cheap 9,95 $ tripods, which fall over when you glance at them once) is worth its weight in gold in difficult light situations. Unfortunately, often when you want to take a picture in a difficult light situation the tripod is somewhere else.
That/‘s the time to get creative and find other possibilities. For example a back of a char is perfect for stabilizing your arms.
And if you want to shoot a photo from a lower point of view, a chair also does the job.
Always keep in mind – that the photographer should be the dormant element!
This hint is interesting for difficult light situations. The folding up of the mirror of the SLR camera equals in difficult light situation an earthquake. No matter how calm the camera was – the folding up of the mirror when pushing the trigger can lead to blurriness. Many SLR Cameras offer in the depths of their menu settings the possibilitiy to set the mirror lock-up. That way the mirror is folded up before the actual release process and cannot cause vibrations. When pushing the trigger the mirror first folds up and then in the next step the picture is taken.
Author: Axel Pratzner
Translator: Felix Pratzner