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tkdguy10 Feb 2017 6:53 p.m. PST

I use a digital camera (Kodak EasyShare M340) and a small tripod to photograph my miniatures. However, even with the tripod, my camera often moves when I press the shutter release. This often results in a blurry image, and I have to retake the photo, sometimes more than once. This is pretty frustrating.

I solved the problem somewhat by holding down on of the tripod's legs when I take the photo, but it's not a foolproof method. Is there a better way to keep my camera steady?

Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP10 Feb 2017 7:01 p.m. PST

If you have a time release try that

tkdguy10 Feb 2017 9:21 p.m. PST

Thanks, I'll try that.

Oberlindes Sol LIC10 Feb 2017 9:48 p.m. PST

The timer is your friend!

Dan 05510 Feb 2017 10:47 p.m. PST

A 2 second timer is what I use.

tkdguy11 Feb 2017 1:01 a.m. PST

Sounds good. Should I use that time to reposition my camera?

Mako1111 Feb 2017 2:53 a.m. PST

Remotes work too, if your camera has one of those.

JimDuncanUK11 Feb 2017 4:20 a.m. PST

Yup, 2 second timer and hold your breath if the camera is handheld.

Also, take several pics of each composition then select the best later on.

Colonel Bogey11 Feb 2017 5:51 a.m. PST

Some cameras also have remote controls to avoid touching them at all.

M C MonkeyDew11 Feb 2017 7:00 a.m. PST

My phone, which has a better camera than my camera, takes voice cues. So I can say "shoot" and it will take a picture.

As others have said, timers and remotes also work.

JimDuncanUK11 Feb 2017 8:11 a.m. PST

I want a phone that takes voice cues and answers with 'move that unit over there but not this one here'.

M C MonkeyDew11 Feb 2017 10:52 a.m. PST

Ooh now that would be nice!

Dagwood11 Feb 2017 12:24 p.m. PST

If the camera is slow enough, you can jab at the button a bit and it will have settled down before the picture is taken !

tkdguy11 Feb 2017 8:10 p.m. PST

Thanks for the replies, folks. I've set a 2-second delay in my camera. Hopefully, my photos will come out better. I may look into bean bags as well.

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