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1 Teacher: Kenji Tachibana Digital Photography I. Get Steady 11 slides Copyright © Kenji Tachibana

2 Teacher: Kenji Tachibana Digital Photography I Get Steady Fuzzy Pictures: User error Most blurry or out-of-focus pictures are the result of camera movement. Most people take ‘snap shots’ by snapping-down on the shutter. Getting steady is about being ready and squeezing. To avoid fuzzy pictures, the shutter button must be ‘squeezed’. And that’s easier said than done. It’ll take practice because capturing-that-perfect-shot is part of an interactive real world process.

3 Teacher: Kenji Tachibana Digital Photography I Get Steady Decisive Moment: Henri Cartier-Bresson To capture the ‘decisive moment’, you have to anticipate the ‘peak of action’. A SLR rule was that ‘If you see the perfect shot through the viewfinder, you missed it’. The DSLR viewfinder blanks out momentarily to take the shot. So, if your anticipated timing is perfect, you should not be able to see the perfect image. Capturing the decisive moment is an art. It’s not about count-down or shooting in the Burst mode. It’s about practice, practice, and more practice…

4 Teacher: Kenji Tachibana Digital Photography I Get Steady Free Solution: Breath control Take three deep breath, let part of the last breath out and hold. Take your shot while your still comfortable.Take three deep breath, let part of the last breath out and hold. Take your shot while your still comfortable. If you wait too long, your body will start to fight you and become unsteady.If you wait too long, your body will start to fight you and become unsteady. Another Free Solution: Your camera cameYour camera came with a neck or a wrist strap. Use the neck strap with slight tension to take sharp pictures. Use both the strap and breath control to take even sharper pictures.Use both the strap and breath control to take even sharper pictures.

5 Teacher: Kenji Tachibana Digital Photography I Get Steady Solutions: Cheap and Not So Costly 1.Use a tripod ($100 - $269 new), monopod, wall, table, chair, book shelf, counter top, mailbox, lamp post, bean bag, or any other physical brace. 2.Cheap plastic tripod ($29 - $59 new) can be worse than having no tripod at all. On the other hand, it’s better not having one. 3.Good tripod have leg and head sections that come apart. And I recommend tripods that reach your eye level when fully extended.

6 Teacher: Kenji Tachibana Digital Photography I Get Steady: Tripod Tripods: Light weight composite $129 tripods 1.There are 2 parts to a tripod. That’s the leg section and the head. SlickVelbon They both come with light weight, easy to use and removable ‘ball’ head.

7 Teacher: Kenji Tachibana Digital Photography I Get Steady: Tripod Tripod: Important details 2.Ball heads are extremely intuitive to use but some photographers don’t like them. Cheap ball heads don’t work well. 3.The 3-section leg are end capped with a rubber tip which unscrew to uncap sharp spike tips. 4.The leg section twist-lock control look sleeker but they aren’t as easy to use as the chunkier knob type shown on both example in the previous slide.

8 Teacher: Kenji Tachibana Digital Photography I Get Steady: Tripod Tripod: Other optionsProfessional Studio Tripod 5.Inexpensive light weight plastic head to expensive aluminum or composite head professional tripod. Snap shooter tripod Snap shooter tripod

9 Teacher: Kenji Tachibana Digital Photography I Get Steady: Tripod Tripod: Control issues 6.Notice that the pro-tripod offer much more control through more handles, knobs, and cranks. But that makes it much heavier and bulky.

10 Teacher: Kenji Tachibana Digital Photography I Get Steady: Tripod Tripod: Quick release 7.Both types of tripod heads usually offer ‘quick release’ feature that’s very useful to a photographer. The pro quick release is heavier and steadier than the plastic quick release found on the usual snap shooter tripods.

11 Teacher: Kenji Tachibana Digital Photography I Get Steady: Summary Tripod: Conclusion 8.There is no perfect tripod for every occasion. Most professionals own a number of tripods. Pros choose the tripod based on the needs of the assignment. And it would not be unusual for a pro to use several different tripods on a single shoot. And a pro usually also have several cameras available to them on a single shoot.

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