Trick Photography Techniques – Shooting in Low Light without a Tripod

Trick Photography Techniques

We all know that using low lighting, which is one of the best trick photography techniques, provides the opportunity for some really cool photographs.  Problem is that shooting in low light is a tough thing to do.  Of course if you have a tripod that can keep your camera perfectly still then you’re a long way ahead of the game, but the fact is, who carries a tripod around with them?  I know I don’t.  So for all of the times when you have the chance to capture a great image here are some things you can try to stabilize your camera without a tripod.

3 Trick Photography Techniques


1. Set it down.  Admittedly this isn’t always possible, but if you can get the framing you want by setting the camera either on the ground or some other kind of solid object, that is obviously your first choice.  Use whatever you have on you to try to stabilize the camera body.  A jacket can work well, or even a water bottle.  Basically you can make use of whatever you have with you. Trick photography techniques sometimes aren’t about being fancy.

2. Grab onto something.  If you can’t set the camera down and have to hand hold it, you will want to find something solid and try to attach yourself to that thing as well as you can.  It might be a tree, or a lamp post, or a bus stop sign.  Whatever the case, try to lean your body, or wrap yourself around that object in such a way that you steady yourself as much as possible.

If you can pull the camera tight to you, you will find that it becomes much easier to hold it steady that if you are holding it out in the middle of thin air.  The more you can make that camera an extension of you, the easier it will be to keep it from moving.

So try to grab on to or lean against something really solid, and then bring your camera as tight to your body as you can.  And don’t get discouraged if this one of the trick photography techniques doesn’t work the first time.  Chances are you will have to play around a bit before you get things just like you want them.

3. Use the timer.  Even if you manage to hold the camera perfectly still while the shutter is open, there is still the problem of camera shake or movement at the time that you press the shutter.  It takes an incredibly sure and still finger to press the release button without moving the rest of the camera in any way.

Because of that, one of the ways to cheat is to simply use the self timer.  Most cameras allow you to set it for 2 or 10 secs.  In this case 2 seconds is all that we need to get ready for the shutter to open.

Using the timer will take away the tension you would otherwise feel with having to keep the camera steady while you pushed the release button, and that will help you keep things more still throughout the rest of the shot as well.  Hope these trick photography techniques have helped.

Happy shooting.


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