Tipsy Thursday #4
Chances are you never really thought about how to hold and shoot your camera. Grab a hold of you camera & look at where your hands & fingers are...do they block parts of the lens, cover any sensors or important areas? Now pay attention if the camera is being supported by your fingers. If any of this is so it's time to change that!
If the camera is large enough, grasp the camera firmly in both hands, the right one on the camera body with your first finger poised on the shutter button; and your left hand either under and around the lens, or on the bottom of the camera body. With point and shoot cameras, the fingers of your left hand will probably go over those of your right. You want to support your camera and if at all possible lean on a wall/support arms on a table or something else that helps maintain so you are moving as little as possible.
As I have learned on "Top Shot", when shooting a gun you need to relax your breathing and squeeze the trigger to hit the target. This is the same with shooting a picture...if you're moving at all the picture will be moving!
But if at all possible...use a tripod! Tests have shown over and over that almost all pictures taken at normal shutter speeds are not as sharp as the same shot with a tripod.