Friday, March 25, 2011


How often do you use the timer setting on your digital camera? This useful feature is not taken advantage of enough. Two big advantages of this feature are;

-          In low light or when taking close up pictures, compose the pic, select the delay, press the shutter and then remove your hand from the button. The camera will be as steady as its support base. No blur!
-          Include yourself in the photograph. I’ve often done this on hikes or with friends. Snag is, you need to be quick on your feet to join the group, so make sure you don’t trip. Plus, you need a solid base to support the camera while doing the under 10-second sprint!

Those who have scratched their cameras, had the wind blow them over while doing the 10-second sprint, or simply come out with skew looking pics will enjoy learning of a great portable beanbag product from Canada, which I discovered last week. Called “the Red Pod”, it has a screw adapter that mates with the centre mounting hole found under most cameras. You simply screw it onto the base of the camera and squeeze the beanbag part so it hugs the surface you are working from. Nice and steady, lightweight to carry, cheap, and it prevents damage to your camera from the outdoors.  Useful from the car window, too. I got mine at a big photo warehouse in the city.

Digital Tips is written by Gareth Griffiths, a professional photographer based in Noordhoek. Contact him by calling 072 905 0252 and leave a message, or email   Digital tips and other information are also on the web at

As published in the Peoples' Post, Cape Town, South Africa  - 22 March 2011

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