This past weekend I attended a body building competition to support a friend in his first competition. He had a couple of rows dedicated to his family, friends, and coworkers who were there to support him. We all had our smartphones to take pictures. Every one of our smartphones (Apple/Android), had the ability to take high quality images in the dark auditorium. But why did mine come out the best? Well … it’s because I kept my elbows in.
Smartphone stabilization will not remove all shaking. You need to remember to put your camera on something steady and flat. If that is not possible, as in this situation, keep your elbows close to your body. Once you stretch out your elbows away from your body, it is impossible to hold your smartphone steady (and why so many selfies are so blurry).
Anyway, this scenario reminded me of a video I created about this topic this time last year. It’s a good reminder for all still and video taking.
From Mid-May to Mid-June every year I’m lucky to witness The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in full bloom. A painters and photograpers haven for inspiration. This past season, I decided to take some video as well as still photographs. I used this opportunity to talk about a tip from photographers that definitely apply to video as well. It’s the first tip my father taught me … Elbows In!
Lesson to learn from my mistake: What you will see in this video is the impact of zoom on a pocket digital camera. I was standing about ten feet away. To avoid looking like an ant, I zoomed in as much as possible during editing. Zooming in on cheaper camcorders really emphasized the pixels and caused blurriness that could not be corrected in video editing. Take away lesson, if you will want close up action using a pocket camcorder…get close! Five feet or less would have been better.
Enjoy the video…it’s lesson & the wonderful pictures from The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Upper Montclair, NJ.
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