Being able to hold a camera and shoot without actually shaking is something that requires discipline, practice and patience. These six tips show other ways of achieving the desired stability – use and abuse because a firm camera is synonymous with fabulous photos.
- Tripod: The best friend of any photographer. There isn’t actually a more stable method than taking pictures using a good tripod.
- Smooth surface: for those who do not have a tripod, you can easily improvise to land the machine on a flat surface – a table, wall or stack of books – for (albeit with some limitations) achieve virtually the same effect.
- Remote control: for those with hands trembling constantly, the best tip is, without doubt, the use of a remote control to activate the camera, because sometimes the actual movement of pressing the trigger can be enough to shake the picture. For an optimal effect, use it in conjunction with a tripod or any flat surface.
- Sit back: to get a little extra support, lean back against a wall, door or tree to shoot with greater stability.
- Use the body: the body itself can be used to ensure a bigger and better balance in time to shoot – separate your feet, using your shoulders width as a reference; sit down and rest an elbow on one knee to form a natural tripod ( Always keep your elbows in), lie on the floor face down, form a fist with one hand and land on the camera; a crouched position, supporting an elbow on one knee and “wedge” the camera between a pulse and shoulder.
- Breathe in and out: it may seem strange, but many professional photographers suggest this technique as essential – before pressing the trigger, breathe gently, but deeply, and exhale only when you shoot; you can also do the opposite. The simple movement caused by respiration can interfere negatively or positively with the act of shooting, and being aware of that can help stabilize your pose as a photographer.