2 Seconds to Sharper Photos

There are times when the slightest movement will mess up your photo. Usually this is when your shutter speed is slow. I’ve talked about how you can avoid camera shake but what if you need or want to have a slow shutter speed? That’s where things can get tricky and you can read about it in this guide.

But no fear! I have just the trick for this that I use ALL THE TIME.

When using a slow shutter speed you will, of course, put your camera on a tripod. But there is one pesky little detail that might still mess up your photo – pushing the shutter release button.

It’s a catch 22 because here is what happens:

You set your shutter speed really slow. Good so far.

Next, you push the shutter release button. Oh, that’s where it falls apart.

The actual movement of pushing the shutter release button “bumps” the camera which is recorded because of the long shutter speed. And now you have unwanted blur in your photo because of the camera shake. Doh!

Stuck between a rock and a hard place? Not really.

Technically, there are three ways to avoid this irritating problem.

Option #1 – Use a shutter release cable.

Back in the olden days before digital cameras came onto the scene photographers would use a shutter release cable that plugged into the camera. All you had to do was squeeze the other end of cable to release the shutter. It worked like a charm.

Option #2 – Use a remote shutter release.

Nowadays, you can get a remote for your camera that will release the shutter so you don’t have to touch the camera at all. It’s pretty handy.

One limitation I have found with this option is that I have to line the remote up exactly with the sensor on my camera otherwise it won’t work. Ugh.

Option #3 – Use the 2-second timer.

My favorite option is to use the 2-second timer that is built into the camera. By setting your camera on the 2 second timer, you can click the shutter release, the camera does its shake and is finished by the time the shutter is released 2 seconds later.

And, if you are using a long lens, you could even use the 10 second timer just to be sure the shake from clicking the shutter has calmed down.

Have you tried any of these options? Which one works for you? Let us know your feedback at homeandofficesupplies.net.

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