Basic Shooting Techniques for Beginner Photographers
- Holding the Camera – You may need support!
The way in which you hold the camera whilst shooting will actually affect the shot unless you do it right, especially in low light conditions where you have no tripod. Also, you want it to feel comfortable with all the buttons in the right place and within easy reach.
Stability is the key and you need to be able to keep as still as possible in any environment…
In town or near any static object
Wherever you are, there is normally something sturdy and static that you can lean against for stability. Look for a wall, tree, fence, lamp-post, rock etc and lean against it. This will stop you swaying in any direction and will help with both critical focus and camera shake.
It is possible to lose focus on a subject by simply swaying backwards or forwards a few inches, especially if you are using a very wide aperture which gives very little depth of field.
Using slow shutter speeds, any movement in any direction can cause blur from camera shake. In these situations, you need to get yourself steady, compose the shot, breathe in and take the shot as you slowly breathe out. Remember also to gently “squeeze” the shutter button, don’t stab at it.
In the middle of nowhere with nothing to lean on
If you find yourself in this situation, the best thing to do is use the ground (there is always ground). Either squat, sit or lay on the floor for stability…use yourself as a tripod! I often sit or squat for a shot and sometimes lay down, the perspective is often more interesting too.
Carry a beanbag or use your coat
If you cannot carry or do not have a tripod, it is sometimes handy to use a beanbag or large item of clothing to steady a shot. Simply put the camera on the beanbag or clothing and steady it as best you can…very useful!