So what do you do when you need a tripod and forget it? Like shooting in REALLY tricky lighting, where only a tripod will do the trick?
I recently came across this problem while traveling. I was lucky it wasn’t me, this time, but it could have been. Now I know this has been written about before, but in case you missed it, here are my go-to tips.
Use what you’ve got
Many cameras these days have built-in stabilization, that’s probably going to be your first port of call. Make sure that is turned on. You can also go for the quickest aperture you can, as this lets in more light and allows for a quicker shutter speed.
Find a stable surface
The first thing to really is to find a stable surface. A table, a chair, a wheelie bin, the bonnet of your car, a fence or even the ground. If you need to keep the camera super steady, hand-holding it just won’t do — inevitably anything slower 1/60s means you might experience camera shake.
You might have a steadier hand than me, so that number may be slightly slower … but I am guessing not by much.
Carry a wheat/rice bag
If you are traveling and can throw a wheat or rice bag in the car with you, this is a great alternative, especially to shooting down low when the ground is we. This can steady the camera and keep it off the ground.
Lock it in tight
When you can’t get to the ground and there is nothing around to support your tripod and you only want a slightly slower speed, spread your feet to keep you stable, and lock your elbows to your sides. Breathe in and then exhale and take the shot. There is no guarantee, but it can help!