Handholding Shutter Speeds

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  1. Eastw77

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    Hi all, what would be a minimum shutter speed when handholding your camera?
     
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    What kind of camera are you shooting with?

    (and do you have Parkinson´s?)
     
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    I am shooting with a D70.
     
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    The general rule is that the focal length of your lens will determine your minimum shutter speed for handholding. The formula is 1/focal length.

    For instance, with a 200mm lens, you'll want 1/200 or faster. I always round up the nearest full stop, so that would be 1/250. It all depends on how steady you are. Some people can shoot a 200mm lens at 1/60 and get away with it. I cannot. You might not be able to shoot at 200mm with anything slower than 1/500. You'll have to do some testing on your own.

    Try and use a tripod whenever possible however.
     
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    Digital Matt´s rule of thumb is quite accurate for SLRs, which is why I asked what kind of camera you are using.
    Other types can be a bit different...for example, range-finders may let you use slower shutter speeds. Some modern digital cameras have electronic stabilization systems, making it possible to shoot at extremely low shutter speeds.

    Check out a few tips to steady your shots:
    Brace your body against something
    Feet slightly apart
    Brace your arms with your body
    Camera held firmly in contact with your face (eye at you viewfinder)
    Hold your breath
    Push the button slowly and gently (some say "squeeze")

    If you don´t have a tripod or even a monopod, then get one (!)...in the meantime think about what is around you that you can improvise with...I like to use my beer glass for example!
     
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    With my Sony A100 I can get down to 1/15 with the 28-80 kit lens, but the camera has built in image stabilization which helps.
     
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    Thanks Digital Matt. Thats what I was looking for just a general rule type thing. Easy to remember as well. By the way, I really like that shot in your avatar. How do you take pictures like that?
     
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    No problem. My avatar was shot with monolight studio strobes.
     
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    Cheers! I'll look up monolight studio strobes.
     
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    Don't forget to correct your focal length. The rule of thumb for the D70 is 1/(focal length x 1.5).
     
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    While the rule of thumb is correct, holding technique will determine the real shutter speed you can hand-hold at. Like everything else, practice, practice, practice.
     
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    Which is also why a slightly wide angle lens is a wonderful low light photographer's friend.... especially those that like to take photos on the street.
     

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