Getting sharper photographs is one of the most fundamental aim of all photographers. The sharpness of the photograph is determined by a number of factors like – Camera holding technique, Shutter-Speed, Aperture etc. However, the most basic factor which is often overlooked is the camera holding(stabilizing) technique. There are many ways people hold their camera, while some help in getting stable sharper shots other may actually induce shake(blur) into the photos. This can be remedied by using a ‘tripod’ – a three legged stand in a layman’s term. But wait, there is even his smaller sibling, ‘monopod’ – you got that right, it has just a single leg. So out of the two which one is the best for getting sharp stable shots? This question has a tricky answer as you’ll find out soon.
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Timelapse videos are fantastic to show the occurrence of an event stretching in time in just a few seconds of time. It leaves the viewer spellbound & makes him need to watch more such videos. However, timelapse videos need concrete planning & execution to impress the viewers.
Having being into photography for a while now, I decided to give timelapse a try. I call it a try since I did not have the equipment required in order to shoot a good timelapse video. One requires a sturdy tripod & a remote release or an intervalometer(within the camera) to make timelapse videos easy. I was with a cheap tripod, which basically is not certified to even pull the weight of a low end DSLR with basic kit lens. To make matters murkier, I did not have a remote release nor intervalometer. Still I decided to give it a shot.
I went to the location & camped up with my DSLR set on to the tripod. As passersby gave me curious glances, I took my wrist watch from my wrist in my left hand & with other started gunning shots with an interval of 10 seconds in between. I continued doing this for almost 40 minutes, till the sun went down & the twilight dying out. Towards the fag end of my journey, I had waves reaching the bottom of my tripod & I was standing now with my right hand index finger still on the shutter button. The waves displaced the sand beneath the tripod legs with each visit causing it(tripod) to shift everytime. Further, the flimsy tripod could not stand still however gently I released the shutter. The outcome, a slight moment in the frame during the video.
What do you feel? What could have been improved here? Any tips? Let me know your views in the comments. Would be happy to implement them next time around.
A DSLR camera’s most important feature is its ability to put on a variety of lens ranging from extreme wideangle to extreme telephoto. The lens requirement depends on what the photographer wishes to shoot but there is one lens which I would say is a MUST for every photographer. The lens I’m talking about is none other than the 50mm prime a.k.a nifty fifty. The reasons I love the 50mm prime lens are as follows,