Yes - though I don't think of it as holding my breath, but just a hesitation at the bottom of my exhalation.
Originally Posted by David H. Bebbington
I was just shooting a variety of guns a week ago and there are some differences. I found that with a pistol i did not need to hold it perfectly still.. I only had to pull the trigger at the right time. With a camera and a slow shutter speed you have to keep it steady for the duration of the exposure.
Originally Posted by Craig
General tips are to keep one elbow against your body and support the weight of the camera/pistol with that hand. pay attention to your breathing. Relax and do not hold it too tightly.
General upper body strength helps. A monopod really makes things easy though.
TRIPOD and CABLE RELEASE
Originally Posted by lee
Coffee may annoy some people, the first 1/2 can of beer may help some people, lamppost or pillar or wall is a real friend.
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A Kodak book on shooting with available light had advice on developing a steady hand. They suggested that you tape a mirror to your camera aimed a few degrees to the side. Set up a point light source (a flashlight was suggested) in a dimly lit room, and stand, aiming your camera at the light. The spot of light that is reflected onto a nearby wall will show your hand movements, greatly magnified. Practice holding steady until the light doesn't move.
Don't know if it would work for you, but it's cheaper than simply shooting until you get sharp images.
I imagine the first four would be beneficial - and also qualify you to join a Tibetan monastery.
Originally Posted by Bill Mobbs
As to the last point - I was taught that you shoot on the exhale and that holding one's breath tenses the body and introduces shake....
Steadiness starts from the feet. Make sure you are relaxed and balanced on your feet.
Find a comfortable position such that your elbows and arms are tucked in close to your body and resting against it when the camera is at your eye.
Your neck and shoulders need to be relaxed as well.
The camera needs to rest in your hands - you don't want to be holding on tight.
Breath in smoothly then start to exhale. When you are half finished exhaling, pause slightly and squeeze the shutter smoothly and somewhat slowly.
Stay stationary for at least 1 full second after the shutter fires.
As you aim the camera and breathe, between the heartbeat, the breathing and the natural rhythm of the body swaying, there will be a limit cycle. This is a circular or elliptical pattern that the camera lens will repeatedly swings through. Hold your breathe or let it out, whatever works best for you, and pick the time when the movement in the limit cycle is minimum - that is when to shoot.
Hunters and snipers use this trick.
Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!
Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.