How to Prevent Shaking of an iPhone Camera

Camera apps offer other anti-shake and remote-trigger options.
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A big challenge for all photographers -- regardless of device -- is steadying the camera while shooting or recording for good quality photos and videos. To the extent that you succeed in quelling camera shake on your iPhone, you’ll produce sharper photos and clearer videos. You can adopt several strategies to stabilize the iPhone.

1 Grip Firmly

Hold the iPhone with two hands rather than one when shooting a photograph, regardless of your device’s orientation. This gives the iPhone a palm to rest on and back support from all free fingers. Keep a thumb free to press the onscreen shutter button or an index finger positioned above the iPhone’s Volume key. Consider putting your iPhone in a soft rubber case to improve your grip.

2 Hold Steady

When you shoot photos with outstretched arms, you invite camera shake. Instead, relax your arms and push your elbows into your body so that they simulate a tripod’s legs. Then, trigger your iPhone camera’s shutter as you exhale. For extra steadiness, lean against a stable surface, such as a solid wall, sturdy railing or chair back.

3 Favor the Volume Button

An iPhone gives you two built-in options to trigger your camera shutter: An onscreen button and hardware button. Whenever possible, use one of the Volume keys on the device’s upper left edge. It not only feels more natural because of its similar position on traditional cameras, it also doesn’t jostle the camera as much as tapping its onscreen counterpart.

4 Stabilize Device

You take steadier photos by setting the iPhone on a stable surface. You can prop it up against a still object such as a rock, tree trunk or vase or mount it on a smartphone tripod. The tripod gives you longer, more reliable stretches of motionlessness, along with the flexibility to point the camera where you want. It also frees up your hands to do other things, such as take notes and make adjustments to either camera or subject.

5 Trigger Remotely

If you snap a photo without touching your iPhone’s screen or pressing a button, then you lessen the risk of camera shake. A remote shutter-release option you already have involves an accessory that came with your iPhone. Plug your Apple EarPods into the audio jack on the iPhone’s upper left edge. Next, open the Camera app. Squeeze the "+" icon on the EarPods to trip the shutter.

Since 1988, Diana Faustmann has been writing on technology, business and culture. Her articles have appeared in various print publications, corporate websites and authoritative online sites. Faustmann holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of the Philippines.