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Phone Photo Tip #4

Reduce Camera Shake

Keeping your camera still is particularly important when taking photos in low light or in the dark at night. When you take a photo in these conditions, the camera phone will need to use a slow shutter speed to allow more light to hit the sensor. The problem with this is that any movement of the camera phone will result in a blurred image because of the low light. 

To avoid blurry images you should hold the phone with both hands or rest it on a solid surface to keep it steady. You could also use a phone tripod. There are a number of tripods designed specifically for your phone that even have a Bluetooth remote shutter. When using a tripod, you can also use the timer button within the phone settings if you don’t have the remote Bluetooth shutter. Place the camera on the tripod and set the timer to 3 seconds or more. If your tripod comes with a Bluetooth remote shutter then you don’t need to worry about setting a timer and when the photo is taken because you won’t be touching the phone at all. The camera will be perfectly still and your images will remain sharp. If there are people in the image make sure they remain somewhat still as well in those low light situations, otherwise they may become blurred in the image as the rest of the scene remains sharp. 

Another phone camera trick is to connect your headphones and use the volume buttons on the headphones as the shutter release. This means that you can put the phone on a tripod and take a shot without physically touching it, avoiding any chance of camera shake. 

Lastly, you could use a phone camera stabilizer or gimbal that reduces the amount of camera shake while taking photos or videos. There are many different phone stabilizers on the market that will help you in those low light situations. A gimbal stabilizer will always be more steady than your hand, and they can eliminate shaky or blurry footage to help your videos look better than ever before. Gimbals use brushless motors that keep your smartphone or camera steady during action shots. Here at Phonetographr we offer a wide selection of gimbal stabilizers and tripods. 

Happy Phone-tography!

The Phonetographr

www.phonetographr.com

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