How to Hold a Digital Camera

How to Hold a Digital Camera

Though it may sound like the most obvious aspect of digital photography imaginable, the way in which you hold your camera can actually have huge consequences on your resulting images. If you’re doing it wrong then you’re likely to suffer from various pitfalls that will negatively affect your pictures.

These can include everything from unintended blur in your images from accidental camera shaking, to things getting in the way of the lens. If you're interested in learning how to avoid thee things and ensure you’re giving yourself the best chance of taking great photos every time, check out this guide on how to hold a digital camera.

Use a Tripod - Or Something Similar

The only way to fully reduce the blur arising from shaking hands is to remove your hands from the equation. The best way to do this is with a good quality tripod which will provide you with a firm base on which to stand your camera, and coupled with a remote shutter release device will mean you don’t even have to cause even the minimal movements that occur when you press the camera button down.

If you don’t have a tripod or it’s not appropriate to use one then another alternative is to lean up against something to give you the stability you need. This could be a wall, a piece of furniture like the back of a chair, or something similar that you rest your hands and forearms on to keep you still.

Employ Two Hands

Camera shake has been made more commonplace with the introduction of LCD viewing screens on the back of cameras. These means you can take shots in live view with your camera at arms length away from your body, which in turn creates added instability. Add to this the fact that most DSLRs are reasonably heavy pieces of equipment and your hands are likely to be shaking more than you realize. Instead, tuck your arms into your body for added stability from your core.

Always use two hands to hold your camera, even if you are using the viewing screen. Place your right hand on the right hand side of the body which will ordinarily have a designated ergonomic grip, with your forefinger on the shutter release button, your thumb behind the camera, and your other fingers around the grip. Then place your left hand around the lens, it’s up to you whether you have your palm or thumb on top depending on what feels most comfortable. You should be able to rotate the lens easily, push the shutter release, and keep the camera steady from this position.

Keep Fingers and Straps Out of the Way

A surefire way to instantly ruin your pictures is to inadvertently capture a thumb or finger, or even part of a low hanging strap, and often you may not notice until it comes to processing the images on a larger screen. This is something you just need to always be aware of and take care to not obstruct the lens in any way.

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How to Hold a Digital Camera