Av "Camera Shake" Make it Stop!

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  1. R0TT3NBURIT0

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    I have a Canon Rebel XTi that i got January 31, 2008. During low light and even with a lot of light when on Av mode I get a mad blurry image. Even if I try to hold my camera still, without tripod the perfect images get a blurr and mess everything up. Can someone please help.

    P.S. I'm very new to photography, so take it easy on me. :)
     
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    use a tripod, even with the tripod you might want to get a remote to shoot the picture, or even use the time setting. i've noticed that on my tripod i sometime shake the camera just from pushing down the button, depends on the terrain and how your tripod is setup i guess
     
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    So the best idea is to carry around a tripod with me at all times? That sucks if your saying that i take a lot of pictures of low things such as small flowers or insects in grass. i contunually get a blurry image. i don't think a tripod could get that small.
     
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    Bump up the iso (500-800 should be good) and you can shoot in lower light, ie faster shutter.
    Down side is that it comes out a bit grainer but when I shoot at 1600 I'm usually not blowing them up over 8x10 anyways.
    -J
     
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    Can you post a pic for an example, I'd like to see this, then maybe we can help you out a little more.
     
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    A sharp image at ISO 1600 or 3200 is better than getting a clean yet blurry image.
     
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    I see you're using AV mode, but what aperture are you specifying? AV mode is a semi-manual setting where you have to manually specify your aperture, and shutter speed is automatically set based on how much light it needs to take in.

    Keep in mind that the lower number (3.5, 4.0, etc) represents a larger aperture (more light) than a higher number (11, 22, etc). So, if you're trying to get in more light by making the number bigger, then it's not going to happen :).

    As somebody mentioned, up your ISO...that should help some. For the XTi, I would go around for general shooting at ISO 800 or so. If you are shooting something where clarity is absolutely necessary, then see how low you can go without sacrificing shutter speed.

    (if this was too easy, then don't take it personal...we were all beginners at one point :)) Also, thanks for coming to TPF for questions! :thumbup:
     
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    "The sharpest lens I ever bought... was a tripod" I never forget that quote. For your particular problem, as everyone above me has stated, raise the ISO and open your aperture, your problems will go away. Hehe...
     
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    Hello;
    You wrote that it made it in Av mode only. Please be careful about the shutter speed. If you shoot in very high F numbers, the shutter speed will be too low and whatever you do, the photo will be blurry. I guess you keep the F number too high (like F20 - F22) so the shutter speed is adjusted too low automaticly. I advice you not to shoot on hand in F numbers higher than F8. Control your Shutter speed and don't let it to be lower than like 1/100.
     
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    There are various techniques to help to steady the camera without using a tripod. I probably take my tripod out with me once a month or less, and I handhold long lenses. I'm not bragging, just saying that it's a technique that you'll learn in time.
     
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    On top of what everyone else said above. I would highly advise learning to use the meter and aprature manually as well. For hand held shots use the fastest shutterspeed possible with the given light regardless of ISO choice. Raising the ISO will allow for higher shutterspeeds but is not always required. When holding the camera for your shot you should release the shutter at the very top or bottom of your breath, never during inhale or exhale and do not hold your breath. For any shots requiring a shutter speed of 1/30 or more (I.E. 1/15, 1/8, 1/4...ect.) you should use a tripod.
     
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    I take alot of macro shots which also aren't real condusive to a traditional tripod, but there are a couple options:

    You could use a monopod. If you use one with adjustable height, then you can brace it against the ground and prop it against your free arm like a makeshift tripod.

    Another option is a gorillapod, which bends and contorts into various positions. It's flexibility also makes it fairly easy to carry with you.
     

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