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I suppose there is no real wrong way to hold a camera, but there are definitely better ways to hold a camera. Proper camera handling will allow you to shoot more stable shots, it'll keep you from getting tired, it'll keep you from getting sore, and it will help you ensure that you don't damage your camera. Now an SLR is a little bit different than holding a point and shoot, because it's this weird shape and it's kind of heavy and if you got a big lens on it, it might be weighted strange, but holding a camera is actually, an SLR camera, is actually very simple. You take your left-hand and you set the lens in it like this. So I've got my thumb and my forefinger around the lens and if you look I've got the back of my hand supporting the bottom of the camera over here.
So this is pretty stable. But what's really making it stable is my elbow. Notice my elbow is up against my side. It's tucked into my body here. This makes a really sturdy platform that's really going to help me prevent camera shake. My right-hand goes around the camera grip over here on the right side and that positions me just fine to have my index finger right there on the Shutter button and I can easily get back here to this dial which is very critical for making changes while I'm shooting. But again notice my elbow. Over here I got my right elbow tucked into my sides also.
So I've got both elbows tucked into my side. I am kind of forming a little tripod here with my hand and my arms and it's very, very stable. Now the next thing to remember is that your hands do go all the way to your face. So rather than putting the camera up here and going like this and crunching my neck in, take the camera all the way up to your eye, having my neck like this is again much more stable than sticking it out. It's also going to keep it from getting sore and tired particularly if I'm carrying a big heavy camera bag on my shoulder all day long. So elbows at my side, camera right up to my face, and I've got a very, very stable shooting platform here.
Now, if I want to switch and start shooting portrait orientation, that is vertically, again I keep my elbows at my side rather than doing this which blows all that nice stability that I had. Turn the camera this way and now my elbows are still at my side. I have now switched so that the bulk of the way to the camera is supported by my right-hand and my left-hand is stabilizing things, but still I can just shoot away with no problem and I've got this very, very stable position. When you press the Shutter button remember to squeeze it gently.
Don't hold your breath when you're pressing the button. A lot of people think, well, it will be more stable if I hold my breath like this and it that really doesn't work too well. So this posture is going to keep you from getting tired, it's going to let you hold the camera really steady, and it's going to give you much better chance that you're not going to drop the camera, because you got two hands on it in a really sturdy position.
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