Photography Guide for Beginners – Chapter 9
How to Hold a Camera
One of the most frustrating things about using a camera is the camera shake. The best way to avoid this is to use a tripod. However, that may not always be possible in all situations. If that is not possible, you can still create stable images. This section will cover the basics of holding a camera to avoid camera shake.
The first rule to holding a camera is that you should always use both hands. It can be tempting to use one hand but that will only increase the chances of camera shake.
When in a standing position, use these tips to hold the camera:
Feet should be appendicular to the subject:
This technique is often quite common when using a rifle. The recoil is better absorbed if you are perpendicular to the subject. This also applies when using a camera. You will no doubt experience some shift in weight, especially if you using a large camera. If you are not in the proper position, there is a good chance you will sway sideways. This movement, no matter how slight, will affect your ability to take good photos.
Elbows should Pushed into your sides:
The last thing you want is the elbows in a flapping position. They will no doubt move as you take the photo. Tucking them into sides ensures that they are rested against the body. The result is that they become stabilized and this helps to reduce camera shake. It is especially so when using heavy gear.
Hold a camera at its balance point:
On every camera, there is a point at which it is neither back or front heavy. Look for the point and let the camera rest on it. That way, you camera will not shift around just as you are about to take your shots.
The camera should be held close to your face:
Some people think it is cool to hold the camera at arm’s length. They will then use the LCD screen to take photos. However, note that this will only increase the chances for camera shake. It is especially disastrous if you are a beginner.
Finally, always breathe out just before pressing the shutter release. This technique helps to reduce any movement as the shutter slides open to allow light it. It is a common technique used by snipers to help avoid any shake. In most cases, you should not be breathing at all when taking the shot.