Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Equipment Tip - Two Tips for Even Sharper Pictures

Here are two quick tips for taking sharper pictures.

As discussed in a previous post, using a tripod instantly improves the sharpness of your pictures. But even more can be done.

Here are two ways to eliminate any camera shake when taking tripod pictures.

  1. Consider purchasing a remote shutter release. This small lightweight remote switch allows you to activate the shutter button and avoid camera shake. Even when your camera is mounted securely on a tripod, this remote cable release will ensure that, in the excitement of the moment, you don't accidentally jar the camera when you press the shutter button.

  2. An excellent alternative (and zero cost) is to begin using your camera's self-timer feature. (And you thought it was only for taking pictures of you with your family.) But it's also a priceless feature when you want to trigger your camera and avoid all camera shake (this technique only works when the camera is mounted on a tripod).

So, pull out your camera manual and read the self-timer section. You'll be glad you did.

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