Saturday, March 13, 2010

Photography Tip #2 - Hold it steady!

One of the most frustrating things that can happen with a photo is when it ends up blurry! You see the perfect moment between your two children, you grab the camera, click the shutter few times and once the moment has passed you realize that the photos were blurry. The photo below is an example of a photo ruined by movement and camera shake.


Luckily there can be an easy solution! The number one cause of blurry photos is camera shake. Okay, I made that up... I don't know if it's REALLY the #1 cause in the world, but it definitely is for me! Even the slightest shake of the camera can cause blurriness in a photo, but it's fairly easy to fix! Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Use the Viewfinder! Most new point and shoot cameras allow you to see what you're taking a picture of on the LCD screen, but you'll get a much more stable shot if you actually look through the viewfinder. Using two hands and having the camera stable against your face makes for MUCH less shake.

2. Take a deep breath before you click that button! Breathing in or out while taking a picture can cause your hands and camera to shake enough to cause some blurring. If you take a deep breath right before you shoot, you can easily stop this from happening.

3. When possible, use a tripod or stable surface to rest your camera on. Even some point and shoot cameras have the capability to use a tripod, and even a mini tripod that lets you rest the camera on a table can make a HUGE difference! A great one that allows you to manoeuvre the tripod on all sorts of different surfaces. It's called the Joby Gorillapod and is available for a good price from Future Shop here.

4. Adjust your camera settings! If you're taking photos in a low light situation, sometimes your shutter speed is just too slow, no matter how steadily you hold the camera. If you have a simple point and shoot, it will often have different modes that can help. Try using the action mode (normally identified by a little man running), this can make a HUGE difference. If you have some control over manual type settings, then try bumping up your ISO so that your camera can use a faster shutter speed.


And in the end you will get much clearer, crisper photos like this one! So give it a try, and then submit your photos to the contest! There are still 2 weeks left to enter and the prize is great :) Just submit one of your favourite photos (by email at and tell me why you love it so much. At the end of the month I will pick my favourite photo and that person will win a full photo-shoot with me! Watch the Facebook fan page in the next day or so to see the entries we have so far. They're pretty great! :)

<3 Gillian

1 comment:

  1. OMG!!!! Had no idea that you took that shot! It's priceless :-) And I am soooooo happy that you got a non-blurry one too :-) Please send em an original ASAP!