Holding Your Camera

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When taking pictures, how do you hold your camera? Is there a correct way to hold a camera? Well, I know that there is a wrong way to hold your camera. When you hold your camera wrong, it directly effects the outcome of your images. I know I don't want anything wrong with the outcome of my images. The Wrong Way

Some of you might be holding your camera wrong without knowing it. If your back is bent when you’re take a picture, then you’re holding your camera wrong. This is wrong because it strains your back. There are some photo shoots that can last a few hours. A few hours of straining your back can do some real damage. You would be in for some serious back pain during a wedding, if you are bent over all day. That's the wrong way to hold your camera.

The Right Way

To prevent back pain, you have to have good posture. I struggle with this myself. Good posture is always best, even if you are not taking pictures. I don't use a tripod as much as I used to. When I'm not using a tripod, I try to think of myself as the tripod. I have to support the camera as best as I can to get the best results. A tripod has a straight posture. Try to keep this in mind when shooting at all time. This is the right way to hold your camera.

The Wrong Way

Holding your camera by the lens for support is also wrong. Actually, this can cause damage to some smaller, less sturdy lenses. If the lens is resting in your hand, the body will seem heavier. This is because all the weight is being supported by the lens. I would never want to cause damage to my photographic tools. This is the wrong way to hold your camera.

Holding Your Camera

Holding Your Camera

The Right Way

You should always support your camera by holding the bottom of the body. I support my camera by using my right hand to hold the body next to the release button. Then, I use my left hand to support the bottom of the body. This is where a tripod would support your camera. Remember you are the tripod, when you are not using one. This is the right way to hold your camera.

The Wrong Way

Elbow stability, yes it's a thing now. I just made it up, but it helps your support of the camera. Elbow stability will keep your camera still while shooting. In order to get the sharpest image possible, you have to be completely still. An unsupported left elbow can cause movement that you don’t want.

The Right Way

Position your elbow at your waist and sort of support it there to get better stability. You waist will act as support to keep the camera from moving. If you are not in a situation where you can stand straight up, you can lean on something to support your elbow. Your left elbow is the main camera support. So, you want to be able to support your elbow.

Right Way?

Right Way?

How do you hold your camera? What do you do to be still?