Shooting Without A Tripod – The Leaning Bow and Arrow


Olympus OM‑D E‑M5 with Sigma 30mm Lensƒ 2.8 | 1/13 second | EV -1.0 | ISO 640

I was shooting inside a museum with very little light and a no tripod rule.  The results are above.
For this technique, I used both my gear and environment to stabilize a shot in VERY low light. I was also running on 2 hours of sleep after just getting off the airplane.

  • Find a pole or wall to lean against to brace your body.
  • Using your camera strap, create a reasonable amount of tension by stretching the camera body between your two arms.  You can also just leave the strap around your neck and pull, but this reduces the number of angles you can achieve.
  • Use the Live View panel on the camera to frame the shot.
  • Exhale your breath, (don’t hold it – which causes shake).
  • Fire the shots. Consider using a burst mode to get multiple photos or even brackets so you have a few options in post.

Overall I’m happy with the results.  A tripod would of course been ideal, but there are plenty of times you’re not allowed to use one when shooting.
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