The best way to keep your camera steady, regardless of the shutter speed, is to use a tripod.
Tripods are the unsung heroes of the photography world, capable of keeping a camera steady through the longest of shutter speeds. With a tripod, you can capture low-light scenes, making images of nighttime starry nights and soft golden sunsets possible.
Tripods allow you to explore all kinds of creative possibilities in terms of aperture and shutter speed settings. Using a tripod allows you to use slower shutter speeds without concern for the blurriness that can be caused by camera shake. And this, in turn, gives you the ability to work with a wider range of aperture settings. For example, say that you want to capture a landscape image using the maximum depth of field. Or say that you want to shoot a waterfall scene so that the flowing water looks silky and soft. Both of these images require a relatively long shutter speed and that is only possible by using a tripod.
Even if you are just shooting everyday shots, a tripod will ensure that your images come out razor sharp and, at the same time, keep the quality of those images high since shooting with a tripod allows you to use a lower ISO setting. Remember that keeping your ISO setting as low as possible means cleaner, clearer, distortion-free photos.
The bottom line is that most photographers would see a significant improvement in their images by simply using a tripod. And if you want to take your photography to the next level, a tripod is essential.
But, as big a fan I am of shooting on a tripod, there’s no denying that they can be a cumbersome lot to work with.
In the video below, photographer David Bergman gives us three quick tips that make using a tripod easier.