Friday, October 15, 2010

Stop The Blur

Before you buy that next container of fog juice, make sure you have yourself a tripod for your digital camera. We work too hard on our haunts NOT to have good photos of them. And a tripod is the most important part of your nighttime (and even daytime) photography. And prices have never been better. Heck, the tripod I currently use is an old one I purchased pre-owned (banged-up and used). And I love it.


Framing shots actually becomes a lot easier if the camera is steady. You can make sure a jack o'lantern is in the upper left corner of your photo and your scarecrow is off to the right. And height adjustments are great for forcing shots that aren't all "at human level." I often lay my tripod on its side on the ground to get low shots. And I've even placed it on the hood or roof of a car to get high shots. With the legs fully retracted, they're even great for shooting video. The weight of the tripod helps stabilize your hands and arms, like a mini stedicam device. So your video won't appear as shaky.

Here are a bunch on Amazon. Check out the used ones. Nice prices.

The Cure for Blur.

12 comments:

Jay's Shadow said...

A tripod is definitely a given for me. My hands shake more than a California earthquake! And using a timer is a must.

NecroBones said...

Couldn't agree more. It's crucial for night shots, since you need a longer exposure without the flash.

For video, I really like using a monopod that I can retract and stick under my armpit, using the whole body to stabilize the camera.

Ghastly said...

Good tips! I always have problems catching the atmosphere at night. The lighting doesn't always come out the same on film. My digital camera is pretty good. Maybe I just need to look in to more of the features (I know how to turn off the flash, but probably need to increase the exposure) I have a tripod, I just have to dust it off!

RebelShade said...

I've always though you were an amazing Photographer, I can never seem to get the good night shots. Thanks for the tips, and keep um coming :)

brainSkillet said...

Right on Rot. I am constantly amazed how much time people spend building stuff and then put zero effort into photographing it.

Rot said...

I spend a LOT of time hunting for haunt photos and way too often I flip through someone's photos and not one of them is in the least bit clear. And I've been there, where I am convinced a night shot is going to look great because I THINK I'm perfectly still, or I'm resting my arm on something to steady it...but it's always blurry.

GoneferalinID said...

I love my Gorilla Pod. Now all I need to do is fiddle around with long exposures to get some great shots.

NoahFentz said...

I have to confess. I use a tripod easel and rubber bands. I borrow my daughter's 35MM so I cant see buying a real tripod. I am always looking at Garage sales though.

Another feature I use is the timer. Even taking the picture shakes the camera. I am always looking for different objects to lay the camera on. I have even used an eight foot ladder.

Your photos have always inspire me to look at my props a whole different way. I am always playing with different angle and not centering the subject.

Thanks for the tips!! Keep em coming...

Grim said...

The tips you posted a couple of years back really helped my nighttime photography, using a tripod, timer, etc. I always thought our more expensive Canon camera would take the best pictures, but had much better looking ones from our old Sony digital camera at night.

I still want to build one of those homemade steadycam devices that you posted a while back. I would love to hear your advice on video shooting one day. (Maybe you already posted something and I just missed it) I can never seem to get a good video after dark, maybe it's just my camera. Your videos always turn out great!

GoneferalinID said...

Funny, I just got some decent long exposure shots of the set up tonight. Thanks for the reminder. I had to pull out the real tripod for some as the GP can shake a little bit.

JHMDF said...

This year will be the year of perfect photos for me!!... tripod is ready.

Slarti said...

Thanks for the reminder that I need to FIND the mount for my tripod! I think it got packed in with the Halloween decorations last year...