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Old May 11, 2009, 8:42 AM   #1
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I need a tripod!
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Old May 11, 2009, 8:51 AM   #2
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looks like either you or the flower moved just a bit!
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Old May 11, 2009, 9:09 AM   #3
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Something moved! I see at least three images of the flower there. A tripod is definately in order. You could use a faster shutter speed but you will lose your depth of field.

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Old May 20, 2009, 3:19 AM   #4
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As noted a tripod would probably aid quite a bit.

In the absence of a tripod a number of things you can do to significantly reduce the shakes.
  1. Lean against a stationary object while taking the shot.
  2. Use mulitple shots if your camera allows. Chances are one of your shots will have minimum shakes.
  3. Hold the camera against your body as much as possible rather than having the camera out there with your arms extended.
  4. Breathe normally and slowly, then just before shooting hold your breath.
  5. Experiment with your ISO settings to see the highest acceptable value that will produce the fastest shutter speed.
Good luck.
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Old May 20, 2009, 4:47 AM   #5
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....a number of things you can do to significantly reduce the shakes....Use multiple shots if your camera allows. Chances are one of your shots will have minimum shakes
That's a really good tip, Selvin, so this little used 'challenge' will have taught me one new trick. I've never used 'burst mode' for this purpose, except by accident - when I've been using it and forgot to switch it off.

As I've just gone back to a camera with 'up to 6' and 'up to 30, store the last 6' burst modes, I might well try it for these shaky occasions. I could just keep my finger down, and hope to to catch a turning point in the oscillations of my shaky hands.

There must be a poem or song to be made of that phrase. "Ode to elderly photgraphers who need tripods for themselves, not their cameras", perhaps?

I fear the problem this fortnight has been that most folk will have rubbed out their obvious mistakes, except when they're of sentimental value. All mine that spring to mind are from my most recent holiday, where I haven't got round yet to tidying up yet.
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...most folk will have rubbed out their obvious mistakes, except when they're of sentimental value...
I think truer words were never typed.
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