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Get Tack Sharp Images Without A Tripod

By Kezhia Rodriguez on March 21st 2017

Tripods are essential tools for images that require slower shutter speeds like images in low-light or images capturing motion blur.   But what do when you don’t have your tripod handy?  In 60 seconds we’re going to show you how you can get tack sharp images without a tripod.

We teamed up with CreativeLive to bring you some tricks of the trade in our Photography 101 Workshop to help you master photography one step at a time! Only have a minute? Stay tuned for more from this series here!

tip #1: find a place to rest your camera

Is there a place you can rest your camera and still get the desired shot? Use it! Compose your image and utilize your camera’s two-second feature. This will allow you to maintain focus and fire without touching the camera.


tip #2: use a standard grip

Must handhold? Use the standard grip by bringing the left hand underneath the lens to cradle and the right hand to operate the camera, while tucking in the elbows. The biggest perk is being able to shoot steady images at 1/10th of a second.

[Recommended: The Best Tripods According to SLR Lounge]

Tip #3: CREATE A human tripod

how to shoot photos without a tripodNeed to drag the shutter even further? Take a seat, elevate both legs and lean into your subject with your elbows. This stability technique, along with regulated breathing, can help you get tack sharp images at under a second or more.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ralph Hightower

    I saw an example of a human bipod being used. There was an local air show where many photographers went to, At the camera club meeting the next month, one of the members showed how he used a shorter friend to rest his camera on the guy’s head.

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  2. Tom Barrett

    Gotta love it.

    ‘Sharp images while hand holding’ – First tip goes: take it out of your hands and place it down somewhere…

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  3. Tobias Briseño

    Tip 4: shoot many slow frames at high fps, e.g. 20 1/8s frames at 8fps. Camera shake is random, so at least one frame will very likely be tack-sharp.

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  4. Casey Nyambe

    The best 60 seconds I have spent today. Thank you so very much. Very precise,  short and ‘mammothly’ informative!!

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