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Can I ask for some advice?
Old 12-05-2005, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Well tomorrow I am doing a small shoot with a good friend of mine... I had this idea for a fairy-themed shoot for a while now and now that we have had a chance to purchase a pair of expensive costume wings (that look amazing might I add) we are looking to do it... now all I am wondering is the area that we are looking to shoot in is by a pond... now I don't own a tripod so everything I do is just hand held... I was wondering if anyone out there could give me some advice on how to keep my camera steady without having a tripod... thanks.

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Buy a tripod!
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Hi Louise,

At the risk of being blunt, you should go buy one. You know you'll use it if you're going to do anything else photography related! Even if it is just a cheap one for now, the resullts will be much better, unless of course you're shooting at high noon in the sun. That wouldn't be too conducive to your theme though.
If you can't buy a tripod, use a tree stump or some other solid object to sit your camera on while you take the photo.
Best of luck...share your results when you're finished!

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Re: Can I ask for some advice?
Old 12-05-2005, 07:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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brace your self against trees, fences, rocks, boulders....
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Re: Can I ask for some advice?
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Anything to rest it on will work , just cushion it with a cloth.

.. old hunting trick , 2 crossed (broom) sticks under the lens ( bipod )

Have you ever seen the strap they sell ??? you could mimic it with a rope long enough to loop around your foot and then loop around your palm , in theory it is the upward force to take out the shake ( I never tried it )

Another thing to try is to turn your head and camera to the side and se your own shoulder as a brace ( I have done that )

If you don't have any other ideas remember to take a deep breath and as you start to slowly exhale , roll your finger over the shutter instead of pushing the button ( THIS takes practice )

If you are using a telephoto lens you SHOULD have at least a monopod for the lens
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Re: Can I ask for some advice?
Old 12-05-2005, 07:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hope you don't get buck fever with that advice. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

The idea of the broom handle has worked for me, but Wal-mart has some really inexpensive tripods. I think I paid 24.00 for mine and wouldn't trade it at the moment.

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Old 12-05-2005, 07:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would like to buy one at the moment funds are tight with christmas coming and all. I really plan on getting more advanced on equipment in the spring... like a better camera and stuff... but I will share when I'm done. Thanks guys.
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If you fill up a medium sized ziploc with trailmix you've got a malleable tripod that eliminates shakes and carries a snack at the same time. Or just use a bag of beans from the grocer. Your choice on the variety. I like kidney beans. If you use a bag of corn, you can leave it for the wood ducks.
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Re: Can I ask for some advice?
Old 12-05-2005, 08:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I was wondering if anyone out there could give me some advice on how to keep my camera steady without having a tripod... thanks.

Louise

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Go to a hardware store and buy yourself a 1/4-20 eyebolt, two 1/4-20 nuts, and some string. Total cost should be $4 or less. You're going to screw the eyebolt into the tripod socket of your camera and use the two nuts to set a depth stop so that you don't screw the eyebolt too far into the camera. Thread the two nuts onto the eyebolt and tighten them together. They'll keep each other from moving. Leave enough thread (1/4 - 3/8 inch) to screw into the tripod socket. Adjust the two nuts to suit. Finish off by tying about about 6' of string to the eyebolt.

To use, raise the camera to your eye and then step, sit, or kneel on the string so that you put it under tension. The tension will help keep the camera steady. It's not as effective as a tripod, but it does usually give you one or maybe two additional shutter speeds beyond hand-holding alone. Plus, it weighs next to nothing so you can take it with you wherever you go.

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Re: Can I ask for some advice?
Old 12-05-2005, 10:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Ok, I must be the odd ball. Well my hubby would definatley say I was odd. But anyway, I NEVER use a tripod. I find them limiting and a pain in the butt. I like to move around a lot and shoot from different sides and angles.

Now, onto my second comment....You're shooting a fairy series, by a pond, in December, in Canada??? Are you crazy???? I'm a total cold weather wimp!! I in hibernation mode. My hubby asked me tonight if I was going to town tomorrow. My standard winter answer is "Not if can help it."
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Nice! -Jim
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