Holding Your Camera Properly


If you are having problems with image quality of your camera, you may need to pay attention to the way you handle the camera. The appropriate posture as well as positioning sometimes is not enough, but at least they help to have better shooting results and mitigate the blurriness caused by camera shake.

Below, I’d like to list some tips that suggest the proper way of handling the camera and avoiding the shake.

  • Camera shake is not a strange problem for photographers at the beginning level. It is caused by the slight movement of your camera when you are pressing the shutter button, resulting in the slight blurriness of your images. Sometimes, as the entry-level model you are holding has that performance level that is not enough to help you avoid the slight blurriness. For other cases, perhaps the camera is not properly held, which also cause the shake. Firstly, please ensure that you are keeping the camera by two hands. In additions, you can lean against a wall, a doorframe or a tree to keep your body steady when you are shooting photos, especially in in low light conditions.
  • If there is an available camera’s viewfinder, it will be better than the LCD to frame your photos. You should also keep the camera as close as possible to your body to make yourself firm and stable. The camera shall be in a more stable position when you use the viewfinder instead of using the LCD which would require you to hold your camera at arm’s length, which is less steady.
  • You should use the right hand to make adjustments on the aim as well as the positioning. You will like to “pinch” your camera between your thumb and middle finger if you use a point and shoot model of a thin design. But for a model which is thicker or a DSLR model, you may have your camera wrapped with the last three fingers on the right hand. You’ll find a handgrip or a specialized area to put your finger while handling. This feature is available in the majority of cameras with the large bodies.
  • The left hand can be used to assist the right hand in holding the camera. And you almost can use the palm as a place for the lower left corner of the camera. If the lens is large, you can use the left fingers to support the lens and keep the camera balanced in your hands. If you are using a DSLR camera, you can make adjustments on the manual focus ring or the focal length ring using your left hand fingers.
  • Put the right index finger next to the shutter button. You should not use the tip of the finger, but the flat part of the end of your index finger to hold down the shutter button, which helps reduce the camera shake to the minimum level. Rest your finger on the shutter button and steadily put the pressure, holding down it gently. Don’t “jab” your finger on the shutter button or “poke” at the button.
  • For a model of a small size, pay attention to the place you put the fingers on. Be careful or you may have the flash or lens blocked accidentally or cause the LCD to be smudged if you don’t place the fingers in the proper positions. For instance, small size models usually have the built-in flash at the upper right corner (as viewing the flash from the front) and you may have the flash blocked with the left hand fingers. You can try lowering the positions of the fingers on the body of the camera. In case you don’t see the flash in that position, the focus-assist lamp is often located there instead, so pay attention to the positions that you located your fingers of the left hand.
  • Lastly, you should not shoot photos with one hand, except the case that it is the only way. Not only you may easily drop your camera, but you will find it much harder to hold your camera steady with one hand. Holding the camera unsteadily is one of the major causes for the camera shake. In some certain cases, if shooting one-handed is the only way, you should find out the scenes with the good lighting conditions. When you use one hand for shooting photos, the results will be better in the good external lighting compared to the low light conditions. Don’t forget this, too.

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