How to stop camera shake

There is nothing worse than a great photo ruined by camera shake. 

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The blurry image here didn't come poor focus. Looking at the Exif data, the photo was shot at 1/30 sec. That's too slow for action shots. The aperture was f/5.6 and the ISO was set to 1600. 

  1. Use a fast shutter speed. Faster is better when your subject is moving. To freeze movement in an action shot you'll need at least 1/250 sec. Better would be 1/1000 sec. To bring in enough light, you'll have to open your lens up as much as possible. If you don't have a fast lens, your only other option is to increase your ISO speed. If you know that your subjects will be moving, use the "S" or "Tv" setting on your camera and manually set your shutter speed. Then set ISO to automatic. Your camera should use the widest aperture and then select the best ISO speed for the photo. [ Learn more about using the dial modes ] 
  2. Use a tripod. If you watch football games you'll see photographers on the sidelines with their cameras. Many are using mono-pods, a one-leg tripod to support their camera. Anything that helps you steady the camera when pressing the shutter button is good. Alternatives are to rest the camera on a railing or brace it against the side of a wall. At any shutter speed less than 1/60 of a second, you need to be using some kind of camera support

    The shutter speed - focal length rule: Anytime your lens focal length is more than your shutter speed, you need to steady the camera. For example, if you're shooting with a telephoto at 100mm and your shutter speed is less than 1/100 sec, you need to steady the camera. 

  3. The string tripod - Yes, you can make a tripod with just a length of string. See the video below. If you don't have an eyebolt, just use a rubber band to secure the string to your camera. With the end of the string under your foot, pull up on the string to steady the camera. This is as cheap as it gets and it should fit in your pocket.