What is camera shake?

Camera shake is a term used to define the act of accidentally shaking a camera during shooting due to unsteady hands, which results in blurry images. This generally occurs more often if you’re shooting on a low shutter speed or with a heavy lens, and can be avoided by using a tripod and cable release setup.

What is camera shake and when is it a problem?

Camera shake occurs because the camera’s shutter speed is not fast enough to ‘freeze’ any movement of the camera as the exposure is recorded. An instant fix is to use a tripod because when it’s on a firm platform, the camera can no longer move and cause the problem.

How do you avoid camera shake?


  1. Compose and hold the Camera to minimize camera shake. To obtain sharp images, hold the camera still to minimize camera shake.
  2. When possible, try to provide yourself or the camera extra support.
  3. When using a zoom lens, shoot at wide angle and move closer to the subject.
  4. Choose a higher shutter speed.

What does camera shake look like?

Motion Blur – Camera shake is achieved when your camera is moving during the time of exposure. As a result you’ll often see a ‘blur’ that looks like your subject is moving – even when it might be a still life subject. Look for light streaks or lines when examining your image close up.

How do you compensate for camera shake?


  1. Choose optimal exposure settings.
  2. Avoid accidental over-exposure.
  3. Use a flash or improve ambient lighting.
  4. Brace yourself and your camera.
  5. Optimize how you grip the camera.
  6. Practice better shutter button technique.
  7. Take three shots in rapid succession.

Does ISO affect camera shake?

In general, the higher the ISO, the brighter the image, but more noisy. I prefer noisy images over blurry ones. I would suggest to raising your ISO until you can get a reasonably fast shutter speed. Keep in mind that it is usually worse to brighten up an underexposed image in post.

Is motion blur good or bad?

If you’re running a game around 30 fps or lower then motion blur can help the player smooth everything out and make it appear more fluid than it is. If you’re on a powerful PC and getting a solid 60 FPS then motion blur is far less helpful and can actually be detrimental particularly if it’s done poorly.

Should I keep motion blur on or off?

Motion blur has occasionally been used to good effect, such as in racing games, but for the most part, it’s a setting that costs you performance in exchange for something most people actually dislike. Especially in fast-paced games like first-person shooters, motion blur is one to avoid.

What is the difference between motion blur and camera shake?

Full Image Blur – If you are suffering from camera shake you will almost certainly find that all of your image is blurred whether it is the main subject, your background or your foreground. Motion Blur – Camera shake is achieved when your camera is moving during the time of exposure.

Why do I get camera shake?

Camera shake is one of the major curses of handheld photography. It’s one of the most common reasons why you will have to throw away a photo. Camera shake occurs when your shutter speed is slow enough that it will not freeze your natural body shaking (breathing, muscular tension, etc.).

What is camera shake and why does it happen?

The phenomenon known as camera shake is caused by movement of the camera (hence the name :-)), which becomes noticeable as blur when using a slow shutter speed. The resulting blur is not quite the same as the blur caused by incorrect focusing.

What is the difference between camera shake and Blur?

Whereas blur caused by movement of the subject can be desirable, sometimes, to help create ‘atmosphere’ in a picture, camera shake should be avoided in all but the most ‘arty’ type of photos. Why do we get camera shake? No matter how careful we are, when we press the shutter button there is always some movement of the camera.

How does camcorder shake affect image jitter?

The type of camcorder shake affects the type of image jitter that results. Slow, slight arm movement creates a mild wavering that is not always unpleasant. A very rapid, regular vibration will make the entire image appear to go out of focus.

How can I reduce the Shake in my camera?

The most obvious way of eliminating shake is to use a faster shutter speed. Either by opening the aperture wider or introducing more light by using a flash gun for instance.