A&P excuse my noobish question, but does anyone have any good DSLR holding techniques?

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    I can't seem to prevent camera shake and it shows up during close shots, like less than 6ft away, using my Tamron 17-50 lens. It is not really a problem when taking shots that are farther away. When I use a tripod, the images come out sharp as a tack.

    I support the bottom of the camera with my left hand and with my thumbs and index fingers under the zoom ring. I grip the camera body not too tight or light with right hand. I use my index finger for the shutter and I try not to press too hard or fast. And I made sure to use the 1/(1.6 x focal length rule) for the shutter speed.

    I would hate to walk around with a monopod everywhere since it is too cumbersome. I never had shaking problems show up in my photos when I used the 18-55mm IS kit lens :o
     
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    Camera shake will happen. Just make sure the focal length of the lens is equal or smaller than the the shutter speed.

    Example: @ 55mm, make sure your shutter is at 1/80th and smaller on a crop frame, and 1/50th and smaller on a full frame. Should stop a lot of the shaking issue.
     
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    look up joe mcnally on youtube. he teaches a technique he uses where he presses the cam on his body a certain way.
     
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    And by smaller, I mean like 1/100th and above... Remember, we're talking fractions. :o
     
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    yes I use at least 1/(1.6 x focal length) because my XSi is a 1.6 crop camera
     
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    watching now:coold:
     
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    Dang. I must have steady hands. I can hand hold the 50mm at 1/30 and get tack sharp images
     
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    Or use 2 second delay.
     
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    Higher ISO + faster shutter speed = sharper pictures. But the main thing to remember is to squeeze the shutter like you would a pistol trigger. Don't jab it.
     
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    make a No-Pod. I made one out of para cord and then used it to photograph some friends doing tactical shooting exercises. Worked great. I clipped a small carabiner to my belt loop and tied the cord to that.. looped the other end around my lens next to the camera.
     
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    I routinely hold my rangefinders down to 1/15 or even 1/8 without problems

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    Easier to do than on an slr, but :dunno: It's important you squeeze the shutter release smoothly, no jerking.
     
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    Would rather pay for 2.8 glass and IS rather than look like that much of a toolbag.
     
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