A&P How slow shutter speed can you have and still get a pretty sharp pic while holding it

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  1. Smeghead

    Smeghead New Member

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    with your hands.
     
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    Smeghead New Member

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    Holy long thread-title :eek3:
     
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    Smeghead New Member

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    Like is there any point of going out and taking pics at night if you don't have any tripod?
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    Ken Rockwell can handhold for about 2-3 seconds

    Good photogs 1/15-1/30

    The rest of the word 1/60
     
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    Can you still get a pretty good clear night pic on that speed?
     
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    Feel more than free to post pics you took hand-held at night.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    depends on teh focal length
     
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    Hyperite Vagina Junction OT Supporter

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    kinda depends on focal length.... i'll rock a 1/2 second exposure at 10mm and do ok, but at 400mm it's quite another story
     
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    k, nevermind :o
     
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    ken rockwell dont need IS - the world just sits still while he takes his shot
     
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    Maybe, but I don't like the idea of getting one, lol. I just go out and shot for fun or when I feel inspired. I don't take my photography too serious. It's just a hobby. I think getting a tripod would be too much for me :hs:
     
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    Find a solid location to place your camera
    Put on timer mode
    ??????
    Profit
     
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    Yeah this is what I do most of the time. Fucking sucks sometimes though.
     
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    Get a neck strap, wrap it really tight around your arm, pull up to help stabilize it and lean against a wall if you have to. I got the pieta in St Peter's at 1/5 (I think it was 1/5). It took a few tries and I had to breath in and hold my breath (rifle fire techniques) to get it right.

    IS makes 1/15 cake though.

    This is, as has been said, all focal length dependent though.
     
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    get something like this, its easy to carry and would help you out a lot.

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    Killyin Vicariously I, live while the whole world dies.

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    I was hand holding 1/8th shots a couple days ago ay 70mm. They were decently sharp...but it was just goofy pictures of a cat. :)
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    :werd:

    Believe it or not, I took this shot with that exact tripod:

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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    It is pretty much proven that a lower center of mass is more stable, amirite?
     
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    PUREVIL More Money Than Brains Croo

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    This was a .6 second hand held that I took.

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    Ive had a 1 second hand held that came out pretty good... but that must have been a fluke cuz 90% of the time anything over .3 sucks for me hahaha
     
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    is it still sharp at 100%?
     
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    Killyin Vicariously I, live while the whole world dies.

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    So you're saying that in order to take better hand held slow shutter shots I should develop a gut?
     
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    PUREVIL More Money Than Brains Croo

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    not bad let me try and get a 100% crop hang on.

    EDIT: Maybe its not so good as i first thought, I took this pic sometime in the early spring....

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    Bowzyr sup bro

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    rule of thumb is 1/x... x being the focal length you are extended to, is the safe limit in which to handhold a photo.. so if you are rocking a 300mm lens, you should have a minimum of a ~1/300th shutter speed or so.. and don't forget about crop factor when calculating that #.
     
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    Can't believe it took someone this long to say that.
     
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    Doesn't work too well :hs:
     

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