How to hold a camera

More so than any of your new camera’s features, learning how to hold a camera properly will ensure you get the sharpest pictures possible.
Therefore it’s worth taking a few minutes to practise holding your camera before you start shooting.


One of the common problems that many new digital and film photographers have is ‘camera shake’ where images seem blurry – usually because the camera was not held still enough while the shutter was depressed.
Exactly how you should grip your camera will depend upon what type of digital camera you are using and varies from person to person depending upon preference since there is no real right or wrong way to do it but here’s is a quick visual guide we’ve illustrated the different ways in which you can hold a camera, and how to hold a camera so it’s secure.

The camera body is designed to be gripped with your right hand and your index finger over the shutter release. You should be able to press the button without having to reposition your grip.

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Rest your lens in your left hand. You should be able to twist the barrel of the lens to zoom or focus with this hand, leaving your right hand to grip the camera body.

Tuck your elbows into your body to keep your camera sturdy. The further out your elbows are, the more unstable you will be.
Shooting in portrait format

If you need to switch your camera to a portrait orientation then turn it over so the shutter release sits at the top. If you do it the other way around your arms will become all twisted up!
Eyebrow contact
Lift the camera up to your eye and rest the viewfinder against your eyebrow. This makes another point of contact on the body for more stability.
Place your legs a little apart so you’re balanced. If you’re leaning in to take a shot then move one foot forward to create a sturdier body shape.
Control your breathing
Breathe out when you take a shot. If you hold your breath or breathe in, you’ll find you move around a lot more. It’s amazing how much of a difference controlling your breathing can make.
Take a mat
When kneeling to take shots outdoors, you might get a wet or dirty knee . Take a mat or a plastic bag to place under your knee for comfort and to avoid ruining your clothes.
Bring one leg up

By coming down into a crouching position and bringing your leg up you can turn your body into a human tripod. Place your elbow on your knee to connect your leg and arm together, creating a braced position so you don’t wobble around.
Back panel control
With your hands in the correct position, your thumb is well placed to access the controls on the back of the camera to alter the shooting settings.
Rest Elbows
If you have a surface area in front of you, lean your elbows onto it to steady yourself. Look for level surfaces, such as a table or wall.
Lean in

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Leaning against a wall creates instant support for your camera. This can be useful when shooting at slow shutter speeds without a tripod.

Wherever possible I would recommend using any extra support available. Especially when shooting in low light or with a dreaded camera phone.


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