Getting Sharp Images while Hand Holding in Low Light
ISO 400, 400mm lens, 1/30sec shutter speed
ISO 800, 400mm lens, 1/60sec shutter speed
- Brace your lens. With long telephoto lenses, I find it more effective to brace the middle to front of my lens rather than the base near the camera. Use your car window, tree branch, fence, anything to keep the lens from moving.
- Soft is better than hard. A hard surface can cause vibrations as the shutter goes off. I often use a small pillow when shooting from the car. When using a tree branch, I put my arm on the branch and set the lens on my arm.
- Crouch. I crouch down and rest my elbows on my knees or even on the ground.
- Breath slowly. I set myself and breath out slowly while shooting.
- Take lots of images. With the best practices, I often still have many blurry images. To compensate, I shoot many images.