How to Hold Your Camera

Recognizing how to hold your camera can be a huge game changer but for your photos but also for your body! When you are out on a shoot, you can be out there anywhere from 1-12 hours. If you don’t know how to hold your camera properly, you are in for a very long, tiring day.


Always hold your camera with two hands. Whether you use a camera strap or not, you should always use two hands. Your right hand will be on the side of the camera with your pointer finger on the trigger. Your left hand should be cupping the bottom of the camera with your fingers underneath the lens.


Hold you elbows as close to your body as possible. Doing this will help stabilize the camera and the amount of shaking from your arms. If you remember learning in science, an object is most stable the closer to your body it is.


Make sure that while holding your camera up to shoot, have a slight bend in your knees. This will help take the pressure off of your back.


In order to have the most stable stance, you will want to stand with your feet shoulder width apart. I have to admit, I am horrible at doing this and have gotten into a bad habit of crossing my ankles. Shame shame!


The last and final step to learn how to hold your camera is to breathe. I often find myself holding my breath while shooting as if that is going to help me somehow haha. So please, remember to breathe!!

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