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That's great, I see so many people who don't have a clue.
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Quote: How to use a monopod correctly
Are they serious ! ?
I've always found the best way to use a monopod is in whichever fashion you find most comfortable and suits you the best.
Few thoughts to add to what's been said:
I did read that you are on medication and thus this might not be suitable, but I've read that a small intake of alcohol (eg a glass of wine) can help to steady the nerves and let your arms have less shake when shooting. Combined with proper breathing this might help take some of the edge of the shake - though if you are on any medication do consult your doctor first - also remember that this is a method that quickly starts to operate inversely once you take too much drink in
IS/OS/VR on a tripod - just to answer a comment made before. The stabilization codes used to smooth the lenses view only work when they have a degree of shake to work against, if you're lens is on a tripod and is fixed firm they will actually end up creating their own degree of vibration over the shot - and thus blurr the end result.
Many newer IS/VR/OS systems are said to have detectors built into detect when they are on a fixed surface (eg a tripod) but I tend to find that they don't always get it right, further it means you've got to still wait for the system to spin up and then spin down before you can fully press the shutter for a shot. - so when on a tripod/monopod - just turn it off for safetys sake (though if you are panning a shot you can, of course, use the panning stabilization mode).
Use a faster shutter speed by adjusting iso/aperture, try cable release with monopod. Fast short duration flash if using controlled lighting will help freeze the image.
Also try the self-timer if using a monopod. A few seconds will give you the time to steady yourself. Let the camera activate its shutter.
i should have also mentioned fast shutter speeds help significantly, though im not exactly taking long ones by hand either. basically, unless something is really bright/well lit or i use flash, i'll notice shake on 4 out of 5 pictures.
i didnt think to use a remote/timer, ill try that out, thanks
Out of interest do you have some example photos to show with the shake? It could be that its not necessarily a problem with you but that you've let some part of the theory slip as you've kept shooting (its very easy to get "lazy" when shooting and for ones method to slip to using less than ideal methods and to end up forgetting the "correct" way to shoot sharp sometimes) .
Although I am not particularly prone to "the shakes" I find it best to use the fastest shutter speed possible. On occasion I use a tripod but this is often not feasible.
Many people in my experience underestimate the minimum speeds requred. I get the impression some of them like to boast about how low a speed they can hand hold.
Some years ago, AP did a comparison of hand held and tripod shots at the various speeds. Even at relatively high speeds, the tripod shots were noticeably sharper.
I hope you feel better soon.
If you can't use a tripod/monopod, increase ISO until you get to the point where it is shake free, better a bit of noise than a blurred image (I have images with EC/HC in my PF right upto ISO 4000). Fire in bursts, you often find the second or third shot is the sharpest.
In certain circumstances ie with a long lens, it is claimed a monopod is more stable than a tripod, it's to do with how you brace the camera, and your legs act as the other two legs.
Other options a gorilla pod ( I dint know how good they are)
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