Steady, steady - How to hand hold your camera

Steady, steady – How to hand hold your camera

While I use a tripod as often as possible, there are times when I need to hand-hold my camera. Here are some tips to be as stable as possible.

Hold the camera

This one makes all the difference. Cameras are designed to have the right hand on the grip and the index finger resting lightly on the shutter button. The left hand wants to hold the lens. While most get the first part of this right, the left hand position usually looks very awkward, not to mention a side or overhand grip that offers no support.

Elbow position

This is essential for a stable handheld experience. Most people taking pictures have their elbows outstretched like the wings of a bird in flight. Push the elbows tight to the sides. This makes the elbows part of the core of the body and adds a lot of stability.

Correct posture

Body position is another consideration. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen standing with their feet together to take a picture. It just won’t work right. Place your dominant foot forward. Shift your weight to that foot. Bend that knee a little.

The photo on the right combines all three stability tips. The photographer’s stance is wide with her weight on her front leg. Her elbows are tucked tightly into her sides. Her right hand holds the camera while her left holds the lens. This pose provides the best results when you don’t use a tripod.

Photos: ┬ęKevin Ames