There are many ways to stand when taking a photograph – but some will give better results than others. Get it wrong and your shots may well suffer from camera shake resulting in blurry images – the heavier your camera and the longer your lens, the more this problem can be exaggerated.
Sometimes camera shake can be confused with a shot being out of focus – look at this shot of a cat – it’s in focus, but the image looks a little “soft” due to camera shake. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Standing with your feet apart, your left hand supporting the camera from underneath and with your left elbow tucked in, might not be the most comfortable stance possible, but it will help you avoid those blurry shots that we’ve all taken.
Other ways to help prevent camera shake include using a faster shutter speed – not always possible or desirable, using a support – monopod, tripod or beanbag, or resting or bracing against something – a wall, tree, car or even a person. Some cameras/lenses also provide some form of image stabilisation to compensate for small movements when taking the shot, but even this has limitations.
All of these techniques are covered in more detail in our “Getting Started” course.