Anyone can hand hold at low speeds if circumstances allow, but
most can easily extend the range at which you can handhold to a
wrote this as I can in some situations hand hold my camera down to 3
seconds and get a usable shot. This photo below was in fact shot handheld at 30 secs. I was supporting myself and braced against a tree but it shows what can be done.
some techniques I use:
interesting that I use all the same techniques for firing
weapons,when taking photos!
human heartbeat is so strong it can be detected as vibrations, even
when relaxed in a 45 ton vehicle.
hold with both hands: hold with one flat hand and balance/fire with
hold your breath: take 3 quick, deep breaths and shoot midway between
letting the last one out slowly.
anything to brace your body from the waist down, (fence,
wall, vehicle) but don't brace against things from the waist up,
(wall,post) unless the wind is fierce.
*Even in windy weather if you wait long enough there is often a lull, even for a second. Be prepared for it.
foot pointing forward, right foot slightly behind and pointing to the
right makes a stable position. Imagine your feet making a letter T in
let your shoulders go further forward than your feet do: you're
altering your centre of balance.
forward and tuck your elbows onto your stomach when shooting at slow
speeds. Don't use this position if you're out of breath!
lowering for a shot but not going on one knee, lower by bending your
knees, NOT by bending your back. Your feet should always be wider
apart than your shoulders.
on your right knee, left foot forward, right knee and toe either side
and behind you, so each 'point' creates a tripod shape. Once you're
stable you can also rest your left elbow on your left knee. Great
position for windy days. Don't be scared of dirty knees: clothes wash
can also go down on your bum, right leg bent and against the
floor,left leg stretched out slightly with foot on floor. Very stable
and lowered position.
you have to lie down, have your left leg straight out, but your right
leg bent at the knee and drawn up. Left elbow on the ground for
stability. Remember to try and keep your stomach off the ground if
possible as it moves significantly with your diaphragm when you
breath. Also there is an artery in your belly that can make your
entire body 'twitch' as your heart pumps.
you're quite out of breath, your heartbeats are noticeable so try and
time your shutter release just before a beat.
really out of breath use walls, posts, fences, vehicles or anything
to brace yourself against. You'll find that prone (lying
down) positions are worse the more out of breath you are.
don't press the shutter release, you squeeze your hand so that the
squeezing movement forces your finger to operate the shutter.Practice
squeezing with forefinger on shutter release, thumb on the back of
the camera and middle finger on the grip, and squeeze those three so
that your camera does not move at all.
grip your camera tightly. You can feel a pulse through many areas of
your hand, and arm when it's bent. Support the camera in your left
hand in a way that prevents it moving, (base of camera on heel of
hand, lens pointing between thumb and forefinger, elbow tucked in if
necessary. The right hand is for shooting.
is different so some of these may work for you some might not. Some
you might have to change to get to work for you. It's all a good
starting point. :)