CAMERA SHAKE IS FOR LOSERS
What is image stabilization and why should you use it? Most of us could probably answer this question with flying colors. But have you thought about how it works? If you are new to photography you might not fully understand what it means to stabilize your camera. This guide is for you.
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Image stabilization is a technology used to take sharp images when shooting at low shutter speeds. This enables the lens to to compensate for any movement in the camera or lens that could cause an out-of-focus point. This is what most modern day cameras use to reduce camera shake.
We have all taken photos in low-light environments and encountered this awful, shaky, delete this right now photo. (I personally have been there many times) So what can we do to reduce this problem? The answer is knowing when to use it.
When should You use Image Stabilization?
You should be using image stabilization (IS) anytime you are holding your camera body. Although, it is not completely necessary to have it on all the time. For example, using a tripod or photographing light trails. This when be a time you would want to turn it off.
The most important time you would want to use stabilization is in low light settings. This is important! Camera shake is most noticeable during this lighting condition. Your camera needs to let in as much light as possible. So it counteracts buy using a slow shutter speed. While this is what the camera is designed to do it can cause camera shake. Make sure image stabilization is turned ON and make use of any external flash you have available.
Image stabilization is very effective when used. It could help you get a crystal sharp image at up to four stops slower than what would normally be expected.
Use this guide along with some other simple photography tips and you will be on your way to shooting professional in no time!