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Camera Shake

Camera Shake – The primary cause of bad and blurry images

What is Camera Shake?

It’s a very simple thing to understand by its name itself and very important as well at the same time. Basically the little movements of your camera that make your images blurry called the Camera Shake. Most often with images that suffer from Camera Shake the image is just slightly out of focus.

Example of Camera Shake :

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Why does Camera Shake happen?

When the camera shutter is open and the light hits the camera sensor or the film is the moment your camera captures and image. When you make very tiny movements in your hands and arms keeping the shutter open for long time (mostly it’s even less than a second) camera cannot focus on it’s subject properly and that’s the reason you get a blurry image. Remember even the movements in your camera caused by pressing the shutter button can also make the photo blurry. Now look at the below image with almost no shake and see the difference.

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Here’s a bunch of techniques that can help avoiding the Camera Shake:

Shutter Speed

The best way to eliminate shake is to use higher shutter speed. You can use wider aperture or introduce more light by an external flash light.

You can use a shorter lens as well. The focal length is very important as the camera shake becomes more apparent when the angle of view gets narrower. The narrower is the angle of view the more the shake is magnified.

Control breathing

Yes, breathing can also cause camera shake. It can be understood more prominently when you try to shoot a subject that’s not steady itself or if you use high ‘zoom in’. In those cases even the most ignorable camera shakes can put you in big trouble. Try to hold your breath for few seconds while pressing the shutter button that will reduce the body movement as well as the camera shake.

Get a Better Camera

Getting a better camera can never be a solution but still some good camera with a better quality image sensor can shoot sharper images.

Use a Tripod!

Undoubtedly this is the best way to keep your camera still. Just by putting the camera on a tripod will reduce the maximum effort of keeping the camera steady. Suppose you want to capture an image of a waterfall. In that case the main subject of the photograph is always moving, so very little movements in the camera also can make a huge difference in the picture.

Put your Camera on a stable surface

Okay, now the situation is, you need to take a good photo but the subject or even the place itself is not really ready to help you out, you hardly can manage standing at that place, also you don’t have a tripod. You can even win this kind of situations just by putting the camera on a stable surface just like we keep the cup of coffee on the table.

I took the below image long time back at around 3000 meter above the sea level. At that place it was even difficult for us to walk properly or to pose for a photo. I just kept the camera on a big rock and switched on the self-timer mode and the result is :

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 Lean on something

If there’s nothing you can use as a stable surface for your camera then you can try this method. Quite unnatural but an useful one. Lean on something heavier than you and on which you can put the full body weight. It’s really works.

Strap yourself

Just like the above one, you can also strap yourself with something bigger and heavier than you. Like a tree.



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