Day five of my Lightroom "Zero to Hero" class here at LIGHT. Wanted to put up a quick blog before class.
I was looking through some of my AK shots and found these two examples of camera support working in my favor. We (and most photographers, photo magazines, blogs, etc.) speak a lot regarding capturing the sharpest images. Hands down the best techniques we have found are to shoot from a STABLE platform and use Live View when possible to compose, expose, and focus (built-in mirror lock-up too.)
A stable platform to me means good tripod and Really Right Stuff gear. I am using the PG-02 panning gimbal head these days which supports my long lenses and serves double duty as a multi-axis panorama kit.
The goat shot above is an effective 1040mm with a 1/400 shutter speed from a moving boat! That is only possible when the platform is stable. I also used Live View to focus and set my exposure. The PG-02 makes that probable but the addition of a long lens support kit makes the shot probable. There is not a gear solution for everything but having the right equipment certainly helps.