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Keppler shows how to get sharper shots.


Found this a particularly fun read: it always has baffled me how little attantion there is (in photography courses or similar) for handholding techniques, and how holding the camera better can help a lot in battling movements. Sure, a tripod is better etc. but most people shoot hand-held, and yet I've never seen instruction books, teachers, course instructors dedicate much time to it.

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I agree on the Keppler article.


It amazes me how many folks I see with a two-handed death grip, one on each side of the body, and with their elbows flailing every which way. Cradling the lens and tucking my elbows is so second-nature that I don't even think about it.


For shorter shutter speeds, I use the breathing techniques that I practiced and learned for bullseye and long-range shooting. I can't say I'm that great at either, but at least it helped me. Basically, I was taught to inhale then squeeze the trigger(or release the shutter) while exhaling slowly.

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Thanks again, Marc. Another couple of good Keppler articles, on holding the camera and on zooms.


The film-developer roundup came useful. I am currentlly experimenting with an old can of DK-50, so it was nice to see it featured only 50 years ago.


Equipment wise, the Pen FT was out and being tested; Leica M4, and Exakta VX IIb were advertised.. I remember how expensive the high end cameras felt at the time.

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Wouter & Ben - Even with image stabilization using good technique is important. One could probably get at least 2 extra stops improvement.


Gus - Glad you are enjoying these.


Brian - I was just messing around with my Nikkormat the other day. I really like its focusing screen.


Rick - I remember that i could take shots with my Rolleicord Vb at pretty slow speeds. I would have the neck strap taut, breathe out slowly then take the shot.


Mike - I beleive the reason that Konica didn't bring out this camera was that the head designer died. He was probably the driving force behind this camera.


Julio - I think I remembered this test when I bought my Pen FT in 1971.


JDM - I just with there was something similar today. Everything seems so equipment oriented.


James - In 1967 I was using a Argus C-3 and was happy as a clam. I couldn't imagine ever needing another camera. Was I wrong.

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