Lots of ideas for training. Thanks everyone
Lots of ideas for training. Thanks everyone
If you've hold an m16 in standing, sitting, squatting, proning, etc positions, then with the correct breathing technique, your camera should be as steady as a rock. That's provided your subject is not in motion too.
Why don't you just go out and shoot lots of picture. Your arm will be stronger, and you will be gaining experience shooting also. if you really want to train your arm strength, put on one of those weighted wrist bad, 1/2 kg will do lots of wonders.
At the end of the day, you want to be a good photographer, that is my assumption, so you should shoot a lot. Training your arms strength do nothing to improve your photography skill.
I wonder, (no offence intended), do the "bigger size" photographers have better hand-holding stability level than the "smaller size" photographers? Assuming both use the same standing posture, same breathing technique, etc.
Actually, the answer is strength not size. Ok, frequently, bigger means a bit more strength. less strength, much harder to hold the camera still.Originally Posted by Astin
1) Tuck in both elbows, even in the protrait orientation (if dun have vertical grip). Relax, dun tense up.
2) Exhale and hold. (instead of holding at inhale, you'll tend to tremble more easily.)
3) Squeeze trigger and hold till shutter closes.
Practice makes perfect. Ofcos, arms the size of your thigh is good.
I would say handholding at 1/10 up to 1/30 is not for us mortals. VR and fast lens at higher acceptable ISO may be a choice for digital.
agreeOriginally Posted by espn
or can play cheat by fires a few shots continuously
too bad cannot do that for marksmanship test
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so PC never hangs with enormous storage capacity - LKY
Not really true. A lot depend on your posture and breathing techniques.Originally Posted by Astin
Just wanted to add some info about strength training from my experience with dealing with national athletes on a daily basis. It's good to do the generic exercises like pushups, lifting weights etc, however studies have shown that to perform a movement (in this case holding a cam) well, the training has to be specific also. So practice with holding the lense-cam combo will be the key in improving stability.
17-40L F4, 28-70L F2.8, 24-105L F4, 50 F1.4, 70-200L F2.8
smaller sizes have a lower centre of gravity.
Originally Posted by Astin
strength training doesnt make your shots steadier, just make u less tired from carrying it.
1) getting a heavier setup will stabilise.
2) getting a big pot belly, have that extra bean bag for support.
3) burst shots does help in getting lucky shots.
4) stick your face as close to the camera.
5) lean forward on to something.
dont wanke so much?
In general, i find just pacing your breathing even when walking or moving around before u even shoot really helps ....... especially helps in rapidly gathering yourself after a quick and/or long trot and then quickly coming to a stop and shooting. I mean look at the sport of winter cross country skiing and shooting ( biathlon) and do a google on their techniques.........they're facing EXACTLY the same situation..... skiing in a race across snow and then stopping along the route to shoot targets with their rifles.
Using a beanbag is an effective way too
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Will all this help if I using a camera that is not a DSLR like a A95?
When the lighting situation is really critical, I'll try to take off my spectacles and press the viewfinder cap against my forehead. Can't see well this way, but can usually reduce chances of blur by quite a bit. Too bad I can't get use to contact lens..
use the force
No problems for me...heheOriginally Posted by Astin
For me, if i'm using flash bracket, the bracket is leaned against my left shoulders for added support. Other than that, I seldom get handshake unless I'm shooting <1/15s...
eat. drink. shoot
will weightlifting help??.....or is there any other way??
Well, I guess I do fulfill criteria #2.Originally Posted by NMSS_2
Anyone wants to form a "Gain A Potbelly" club?
So far this is what I notice - practically all those who are using telezooms like a 80-200F4/ F2.8 use their left hand to hold the zoom ring.
What I do is adjust the zoom to compose and slide my left hand out to the front tip, holding the lens hood - in this manner, the entire cam/lens is much more stable than before. Combine this with the other techniques mentioned by others like breath control, follow thru', squeezing trigger etc and your rate of success would be higher.
Static subject - you have all the time to shoot, so a lower shutter speed is OK and you can do several shots.
Fast moving events - like sports or other events like fashion shows, etc it is better and safer to get a higher shutter speed in order not to miss some shots. That is why I say Sharp pic better than blur pic.
I love big car, big house, big lenses, but small apertures.