Hold It Steady

What do you use when you need to take an important, low-light photo (indoors or outside) and you don't have a tripod? You improvise.

All of these have served me well:

  • A table top
  • A countertop
  • The back of a chair
  • The hood of a car
  • A fence or fence post
  • A tree branch
  • Leaning tight against a tree trunk
  • Leaning tight against a door jamb

There are more that you can use depending on your actual shooting situation and what is available, but these should help. They have served me well, and I have taken exposures up to 4 seconds this way. Just be careful not to move or bump the camera when pushing and releasing the shutter.

 

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Comment balloon 4 commentsSteve Hoffacker • May 11 2012 11:42AM

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I had to take a telephoto of a furnace vent far away on a roof.  That usually makes for some blurry shots.  I used a retaining wall, and it came out great!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay,

You use what you can, and this technique has worked well. Glad you had good results. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

Hi Steve,

 Some great ideas here. My husband just bought me a 1 legged tripod that is so convenient to take with me anywhere as it closes up into a small thin case and easy and quick to open and close. I like your ideas as we have to improvise.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) about 7 years ago

Kristin,

Thanks. I can't seem to use a monopod. Aside from the fact that I dropped it and broke it twice (the last time, it coldn't be fixed), I wiggle with it. That's why I resort to the other methods. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 7 years ago

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