Exercises to hold the camera steady?

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    So I'm shooting with a 50D and a 28-70 Tammy. Not the heaviest setup, but not the lightest either. If I zoom in and aim one of the focal points at a vertical line, it bounces in and out of the focal point.

    I want to be able to hold the camera rock-steady. I've tried repositioning my hands and bracing my elbows against my torso. Really though, I think I need some sort of exercise to train my body to be steadier.

    Any suggestions for exercises?
     
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    hold you breath (although depends on shutter speed)......or get a monopod.
     
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    How did I know someone would say "get a monopod" or "use a tripod." Holding my breath doesn't help because it just makes my heart beat harder.

    I'm looking for actual training exercises. Perhaps with weights.
     
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    Actually, I have seen numerous times, it being said NOT to hold your breath. That it is best to shoot at the bottom of an exhale, because your body is at "rest" at that point.

    Oh, also get a heavier camera with a grip. Something about the weight, and inertia...
     
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    curls? pull ups? sit ups?.......exercises for forearms, biceps and your core i would imagine. sorry dont work out much.
     
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    do some iron mans xD!
     
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    I watched a you tube video once and that guy had a tip of setting your camera on your non shooting arm bent in front of you. I'm a weakling and it was to hard for me but it may work after the above suggested workouts :sexywink:
     
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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDsx3-FWfwk"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDsx3-FWfwk[/ame]

    this usually gives me a stop or two of shutter speed. works well once you get used to it.



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    control your breath. Don't hold it but rather breath slowly between shots. Usually most steady at exhale, but if you hold your breath for too long, you'll start to shake and react slower with your trigger. Also, when you press the shutter, don't squeeze and learn to light touches. Rest your shoulders and keep your elbows close to your body, but don't squeeze.
     
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    That is how I do it. Thanks to the Army teaching me to shoot and fire when your body is between breaths. It translated quite well into the camera. I have gotten down to 1/5 sec and it been sharp. Ill chalk that one up to luck and how I hold it...but mostly luck
     
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    Yea, shooting a camera and shooting a gun is pretty similar :)
     
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    joe mcnally seems like a cool dude
     

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