|STAIRWELL - Nikon 70-200 at 116mm, f3.2, 1/100, ISO 2000.|
This normally happens to me when I'm carrying two cameras and the one hanging over my shoulder knocks against my side, or Think Tank belt system, etc., causing the shutter to release and giving me a wonderful photograph of the ground beneath my feet.
|OUTFIELD - Nikon 70-200 at 200mm, f2.8, 1/2500, ISO 400.|
|INFIELD - Nikon 70-200 at 190mm, f3.2, 1/2500, ISO 400.|
Five tips on avoiding Hipshots:
1. Turn your camera off when not actively shooting.
2. Don't carry your camera over your shoulder, but instead leave it around your neck.
3. Use an across the chest strap such as one from BlackRapid to reduce the risk of the shutter knocking against your side since the top of the camera is facing down.
4. If you don't want to turn your camera off or carry it around your neck, be aware that it might occasionally go off without your knowledge. Could be embarrassing in some situations, especially if you are shooting in continuous high shutter mode. Nothing draws attention to you like firing six frames per second at the wrong time.
5. Ask yourself if you really want to avoid them? Don't sweat it and just accept the results. Modern painter and artist Bob Ross was famous for saying, "We don't make mistakes; we just have happy accidents".
|PAVEMENT - Nikon 24-70 at 52mm, f2.8, 1/3200, ISO 200.|
*All the Hipshots in this post are shown just as they came out of the camera.