I wanted to tell you this tip for a while.
But I was nervous.
Because then you might actually think I know what I am doing when it comes to photography.
And I don’t.
I mean…..I know a little.
A very little.
And sometimes….knowing a little is the worst. It’s like climbing Mount Everest in the middle of winter……and starting off in shorts and a t-shirt. You didn’t really understand what the climb was all about. You never even thought you might need a snowsuit or sunglasses or granola or water or heating pads for your mittens or a pick or special climbing shoes or rope or a shovel or a tent.
You were just happy to be at the mountain.
And then someone tells you everything you need to know.
And learn. And buy. And understand.
And slowly…..you start to realize that there is more to this journey than you ever imagined.
But every journey begins with a single step.
And here’s mine.
Here’s my photography tip…..it’s the easiest, simplest way to get clear, crisp images.
It’s called a timer.
And a tripod.
It works because using a timer prevents your camera from shaking. Because even if you hold completely still, even if you went to “still” school and learned how to be the stillest of the still…..your camera still shakes. It shakes when you hold it. It shakes when you press the button to take the picture. Sometimes it even shakes more when you are trying to be still.
The timer is a little button on your camera that looks like this.
Most cameras have one (point and shoot cameras usually have one, too).
When I press the timer button it takes me to this screen.
This is a single frame button.
This is what the camera displays when there is no delay in taking the photograph.
Here’s the screen after I click over to the right on the menu to set the timer to a two-second delay.
Then I place my camera on the tripod.
Click the button to take the photograph.
And step away so that the camera stays perfectly still.
Then the camera clicks to take the picture……
…..without any shaking.
I took this picture just as the sun was going down.
So the shutter had to stay open just a little longer to catch as much light as possible.
Look how blurry the image is.
Here’s another picture taken from the exact same angle……except I set the timer and placed the camera on a tripod.
Clear crisp picture.
So…..f you are already half-way up the mountain munching on granola with heated pads in your mittens.
And timers and tripods are something you learned about long ago.
Can you help this climber ou with any simple photography tips?
I’m still trying to put my snowshoes on 🙂
PS Here’s a few other photography posts that might be helpful like this post on how to take better pictures of a room and simple tips for better photos.
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