If you’re new to photography and don’t know the correct way of holding your DSLR, then I recommend that you continue to read this article. Don’t underestimate its importance. Your inability to grip your camera properly will indeed affect the results of your photography attempts.
The Importance of Holding Your DSLR Correctly
Holding your camera the right way is indeed the very best method for photographers who wish to minimize camera shake. Get your right hand to grip the camera firmly while your left hand supports the camera from beneath the lens. Doing this will vastly minimize camera shake when you press the shutter release button. This makes it easier to shoot sharper photographs with slower shutter speeds.
It doesn’t matter if there is a lot of light, or even if you use a fast shutter speed. There will definitely be noticeable distinctions between photographs that are taken with a well-held camera and photographs taken with cameras that are not held properly.
Many people think that sharp pictures are only obtainable with expensive cameras and lenses, but that’s not entirely true. Normally, well-held cameras are the reason pictures turn out looking sharp. Better equipment only gives you better photography results if you know how to use it the right way.
What Makes a Good Grip?
Use your left hand’s heel to support the camera from underneath. When your right hand presses in the shutter, the camera body will move downward. But once your left hand is in place, camera shake is drastically reduced and sharper images are obtained.
When you first learn the right way to hold a camera you might find it to be somewhat uncomfortable to hold it that way. It’s alright to feel that way. In time, holding your camera that way will seem natural.
Take the Shoulder Strap Off Your DSLR
When you have a good grip of your camera, you can take the shoulder strap off your camera. It does get annoying when the strap falls onto the front of your lens while you’re shooting. However, if you’re in a situation where you might drop your camera, then it is best to leave the strap attached.
Dos & Don’ts When Holding Your DSLR
- The one thing you must do when using lenses that are heavy is to support your DSLR from underneath. If the lens you use is heavy, your whole camera will tip forward. Even the smallest camera shake will be emphasized by the narrow angle of view.
- Grip the camera from beneath for optimal support. This includes portrait photography attempts.
- Don’t hold your camera on both sides. When you need to adjust your zoom, your left hand will move to adjust it and that leaves your right hand to be the only support of your camera. Hence, your DSLR will not be held properly, leading to camera shake.
- Avoid using a camera that doesn’t have a viewfinder. Otherwise, there will be a need for you to use the screen to compose your picture. This will result in a destabilized camera.
- Never use just your fingers to hold the camera on both sides. As long as your hand is not holding the camera from underneath, there really isn’t a better way to handhold your camera to provide support and minimize camera shake. It really is important that your left hand supports your camera from beneath it.
About the Author:
This article was written by Michelle Lee Fui Jinn, tipsforphotographers dot com. It takes time to practice and improve your photography skills.
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