Sharpness Series #5 – Hand Holding
It’s early morning, the first rays of the day are just striking the ground. The buck comes up from a draw, the tripod is not within reach. Can you handhold down to 1/15 and get the shot?
It’s freezing cold out, it’s dark and your adrenaline is pumping, can you hold the lens steady (even I always can’t). But by using basic hand holding technique and practicing it so it becomes second nature, you can do it! This is a technique you should practice everyday, I do whether I’m actually shooting or in the office. It’s gotta be second nature and I’ve always prided myself to do so (feel real let down when I miss a shot because of my technique). It’s the same technique if you’re a longer lens like the 200-400VR (prong image) or shorter lens like the 70-300VR (bison photo) or even shorter like the 14-24AFS. Hope this will help by establishing good technique to hold your camera.
The Bison photo was just taken in Yellowstone using the D3x. You can’t make it out, but the dark dots in the distance, upper right are Ravens on a old kill. We didn’t have any predators like wolves come in, but we sure did give it the old college try.