Steadying Your Camera

For nighttime shots and other photos that require long exposure times, keeping your camera steady is essential. Otherwise, you run the risk of a blurry image because of camera shake. Here's a look at some of the devices you can use any time you want to be sure that your camera remains absolutely still:

✓ Traditional tripods: You can spend a little or a lot on a tripod, with models available for anywhere from $20 to several hundred dollars. At the higher end of the price range, you get a sturdier product, designed to safely hold heavier cameras, such as dSLR models. You also get convenience features, such as a quick-release plate for easily attaching and

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Figure 2-15: The Joby Gorillapod lets you mount a camera nearly anywhere.

removing the camera from the tripod head. Typically, you buy the tripod base separately from the head, which gives you a little more flexibility in buying the components you like best.

Take your camera when you shop to see how well the tripod works with it. Set the tripod at its maximum height, push down on the top camera platform, and try turning the tripod head as though it were a doorknob. If the tripod twists easily, or the legs begin to collapse, look for a different model.

Small solutions: A great option for times when you don't want to carry around a full-size tripod is a product like the Joby Gorillapod (www.joby. com). Made of stiff but flexible gripping legs, it can stand as a short tripod or wrap around something and hold on — such as a tree, as shown in Figure 2-15. The Gorillapod comes in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors for all types of cameras.

Another small solution with a similar name, The Pod (www.thepod.ca) is a beanbag-like platform that you can use to steady the camera on uneven surfaces and at various angles, as shown in Figure 2-16.

✓ Monopods: Another way to be portable but stable is to use a monopod, a collapsible stick that lets you hold your camera steady but doesn't stand on its own. You frequently see sports photographers at football games traipsing around the

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Figure 2-15: The Joby Gorillapod lets you mount a camera nearly anywhere.

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Figure 2-16: The Pod offers another tiny but practical means of stabilizing the camera.

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Figure 2-16: The Pod offers another tiny but practical means of stabilizing the camera.

sidelines with a big camera, big lens, and a monopod. If you get tired of holding your camera, whatever its size, these are useful and easy to tote around.

✓ Hybrids: Some innovative tripod/monopod hybrids exist; they look like monopods, but you can pop out three mini-legs to let them stand on their own.

A hybrid isn't as stable as a full tripod, so don't stand too far from your camera with a strong wind blowing.

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Reasonable care has been taken to ensure that the information presented in this book is  accurate. However, the reader should understand that the information provided does not constitute legal, medical or professional advice of any kind.

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