Breathe Like A Sniper To Take Better Photos In Low Light

A few months back, we highlighted a few tips to take better nighttime pictures. Now photography weblog Digital Photography School is chiming in with six more ways to score better night shots, including how to breathe properly when snapping away.

Photo by John Krantz.

In low light situations, a steady hand can make all the difference between a crisp shot and a blurred mess. According to the post, it's best not to hold your breath during the shot. Instead:

Breathe normal and steady, don't hold your breath. I read some place that sharp shooters are trained to squeeze the trigger while exhaling as the body tends to relax during that portion of the breathing cycle. I've found this to be mostly true and it does help with longer shutter speeds.

It's also helpful to keep your finger on the shutter release when taking a shot, as attempting to remove it will "likely cause minor shakes". Browse the post for the other night photo tips. If, on the other hand, you're snapping away on your mobile phone, take a look at our top 10 ways to get more from your cameraphone.

Six Tips for Better Night Photos with a Point and Shoot Camera [Digital Photography School]


    If you have any kind of "delay" mode on your camera, set the shutter to a 2 second delay. That's enough time to press the shutter button and either let go or freeze in place ready for the camera to take the shot.

    It's also a good idea to hold down the shutter button half way so the camera can charge the flash and autofocus before pushing it in completely.

    snipers are actually trained to slow their heartbeats, so they can shoot between beats - this would certainly help keep a steady hand

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