Photo Tip #1: Shooting handheld, Motion Blur, and In-Body Image Stabilization - Mont Tremblant

A beautiful stream flowing alongside our hike up Tremblant last Friday.

For the photography hobbyists who follow me: I can't believe how well the In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) works in my Nikon Z6. IBIS is a new technology that Nikon implemented in their new mirrorless cameras that tilts and shifts the sensor on 5-axis' (up, down, left, right, pitch, and yaw) to counteract unwanted movements in the camera operator's hands.

In practise, this allows you to shoot with a much-reduced shutter speed, allowing you to: A) capture motion blur in your image without a tripod, and B) reduce your ISO while shooting in environments with less light.

This photo was taken at a shutter of speed of 1/3 handheld - that means that the shutter was open for a whole third of a second handheld. Let me explain why this is so amazing.

The general rule of thumb is that your shutter speed should not go below your focal length. So, this image was shot at 45MM on my 24-70 F/ 4.0. That means that in most situations, that would limit me to shooting at 1/50 or 1/30 max.

IBIS allowed me to shoot at a shutter speed of more than 10 times slower so that I could capture the movement in the water. If your camera has IBIS, I would recommend trying this out if you don't have quick access to a tripod but want to capture a more ethereal look in your nature photography.