There are times that when you take a photograph and review it, you end up with a blurred photograph. avoiding camera shakeThere are times that it’s because the subject moved from a still position, thus creating a sense of movement. However, most of the time, it’s because the person who’s taking the photograph-you. This is called "camera shake" and it is your responsibility to avoid it as much as possible so that your pictures will come out crisp and as sharp as possible.

There are a few things that contribute to camera shake and hopefully by the end of this article, you will have had gained enough knowledge to take out the camera shake in all if not most of your pictures.

ISO and Shutter Speed

These two are the biggest factors that contribute to camera shake. With the way that you hold your camera in your hands, no matter what you do, if your shutter speed is slow, you will be experiencing some type of blur because of camera shake. Therefore, you need to increase your shutter speed.

Another way of avoiding camera shake is by increasing the ISO or the sensitivity of the sensor of your camera. By doing this, you will be able to use fast shutter speeds in the process.

If your ISO level is high (i.e. ISO 800, ISO 1600), and you are set to aperture priority, then you will consequently have faster shutter speeds when you take your photos.

However, there is a caveat for those photographs who have high ISO: the image quality essentially deteriorates because the images contain more noise or "grain" in the pictures.

Focal length

If you are taking a picture with a short focal length, you may not experience any problems with blurring yet but when you go longer in the focal length, then you will be experiencing more camera shake and blur because as the scene is magnified, so will be the shake that your camera will have.

One of the very good rules of keeping the focal length from contributing to blur is to remember the rule of thumb that the slowest safe shutter speed for hand-holding any lens is by the formula 1/focal length.

If you are using a telephoto lens and you are at the focal length of 50mm, then you need to make sure that your shutter speed is no less than 1/50.


Lastly, this is one piece of equipment that you will find very useful especially if you’re into nightscape sceneries or if you like to use movement of your subjects to your advantage.

You’ve probably seen a photography of a whole city where the cars, instead of being photographed as is, they transform into several lines of light. That is achieved by using a tripod.

You can also make use of a tripod if you’re prolonging the time that your lens is open. This is used for low-ISO-long-shutter exposures when you’re trying to get just enough light in your night picture.