Using the natural surroundings to steady the camera

Posted by on February 18, 2017 in Focusing, It's too blurred, Scene enhancement, Tips, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tripods are great for keeping a camera steady – but only if you’ve actually got a tripod with you! If you are shooting hand-held, and sans-tripod, you need to control three types of movement; up and down,left to right,and backwards and forwards. As anyone who has tried to shoot hand-held at a low shutter speed will testify, it is extremely difficult to stand stock still,let alone hold a camera so it is devoid of movement. The solution is to turn yourself into a tripod; you have two legs already so you need to find a third one, and that often takes the form of a wall, fence post,...

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Extra uses for your camera bag / rucksac

Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Tips, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It protects your camera and lenses, but it can do so much more. Here’s a few additional uses… Hang it from the underside of your tripod to add weight and make it more stable, especially in windy conditions. 2. Use it as a windbreak when photographing flowers and grasses. Place it between the wind and the subject, and you get an area of relative calm. 3. If the side zips off, and you haven’t got anything in the pockets, kneel on it when you shoot at ground level. It keeps your knees warm and dry. 4. Keep an old mobile phone in it, running a ‘lost phone’ app....

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Not got your bean bag with you?

Posted by on February 13, 2017 in It's too blurred, Tips, Uncategorized, Wildlife | 0 comments

Beanbags have become a valuable tool for photographers, acting as a simple, but useful, alternative to a tripod . Beanbags are easily molded to a surface and provide a good support for the camera when perched on walls, the ground, or  uneven / rough surfaces.  Actually, they are really useful when shooting from a car window too. When you need one but you haven’t got your beanbag with you, you can improvise with a sock. Take off a sock, fill it with sand, soil, rice – whatever you have to hand – and there you go, you have a beanbag. From experience I suggest you put a...

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