In this week’s Quick Tip Thursday we’re one simple but important tip for long exposure photography: Remove the camera strap.

Capturing razor-sharp images is something most photographers strive to do. Sturdy tripods, remote shutters, and mirror lockup are all used to achieve this but still, your image might not be razor sharp if you forget to do one simple thing.

Remove the camera strap.

While this tip won’t make a difference in handheld photography, it can make a huge difference for long exposure photography. Either it’s a 1 second or 5-minute exposure, you need to remove the camera strap. Especially in windy conditions.

Camera Vibration

The purpose of using sturdy tripods or remote shutters is to reduce camera vibration. Even manually pressing the shutter button for a one-second exposure is enough to create vibration, which results in a blurry image.

Camera straps cause a lot of vibration as well. In fact, in windy conditions, it can lead to blurry images even when you follow all other tips. So, why spend all that money on equipment when you won’t get razor sharp images after all?

The solution is simple and I’ve already mentioned it several times: remove the camera strap. Even if it’s used on a daily basis, take it off when the camera is placed on a tripod.

How to Put the Camera Strap Back On

I know many photographers avoid removing the camera strap because they struggle to reattach it. But the truth is, it’s not as hard as you might think and it can be done in less than a minute.

This video by Photography Concentrate shows just how easy it is to put the camera strap on, the right way:

Today’s challenge is quite simple: remove the camera strap from your camera. This is going to make difference in the sharpness of your images.

Again, just to repeat myself, this tip is for long exposure photography and won’t make a difference for handheld photography. You might not see a big difference during calm days either but once the wind picks up, you’ll be happy that you’ve removed it.

Did you enjoy this quick tip? If so, make sure to read our other Quick Tip Thursday articles!

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