How To Avoid Camera Shake

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Even the most accomplished and well-equipped photographers are prone to blurred images. When you’re tripod-less, on-the-move, tired or simply using a slow shutter speed, clarity can all too easily be compromised. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can reduce camera shake to make sure you nail the perfect shot every time.

1. Stand Perpendicular To The Subject

Standing with your feet at right angles to your subject gives you the most stable foundation. Standing perpendicular balances you and results in less swaying than when you stand facing your subject head on.

2. Breathe Out

Be sure to breathe out before you take your picture. That way you’ll be more relaxed and will be shaking less than if you’re breathing quickly.

3. Tuck In Your Elbows

Bringing your elbows tightly into your sides will help reduce sudden movements which can cause blur.

4. Choose Your Lens Carefully

Using an Image Stabilisation (IS) or Vibration Reduction (VR) lens will do a lot of the work for you and compensate for your shake. They don’t come cheap, so if you want this safety net, you may want to check local lens hire options.

Where possible, harness your environment for optimal stability. Where possible, harness your environment for optimal stability.

5. Makeshift Tripod

If you don’t have a tripod to hand, why not try using your knee instead? Kneeling down and putting your elbow on your knee will lessen your movement compared to if you were standing up.

6. Lie Down

Committed photographers try lying down flat on the floor with your hand under your lens. This will remove most of your camera shake. Of course, this method will change the angle of your shot so depending on what you’re going for it may not be appropriate.


Too late? If the damage is done but you’re determined to salvage a certain photo, Photoshop allows for a few surprisingly effective post-production techniques to help you fix blurry photos.

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