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Holding The Camera

Holding the camera properly

In this post I‘m going to discuss about the importance of holding your camera in a proper way. Lot of people might think that this is not a thing to remember or to get importance while taking photos. But trust me this is a fundamental thing in photography. I congratulate you for coming here. I’m quite sure you are also making few among the below listed mistakes if you are a new photographer. This post should help you kicking out few of your bad habits and show you the right ways to hold your camera.

Few general tips:

1. Do not grip the camera in a ‘death-grip’, take is easy. Holding your camera in that way will reduce your flexibility with your shots and will make camera shake.


2. Don’t hold the camera over firmly but firmly with your right hand.


3. Always support the lens with your left hand.


Having a good grip on the camera with your right hand and a support from the underneath will minimize the camera shake when you press the shutter release. This will give you a good sharp shot with lower shutter speed.

Our right eye is the perfect match for the camera viewfinder which feels comfortable to most of us. Yes of course you can use your left one but the advantage of using the right eye is that your left eye is not being blocked by the camera body and you can see what’s going on outside of the field of view. The natural tendency is to close the left eye when the other one is on the viewfinder, but for better concentration on the picture you can keep the left eye open with a little practice. Having the left eye open enables you to see what’s about to move in your frame. So, when you are ready to take your next shot please keep this in mind and give a try, you can thank me latter. There’s a comment box below which will always be there. ????

Now, let’s have some idea about few important DOs and DON’Ts of camera holding techniques.

  • Keep your elbows together against your chest, which will give a good support to the camera.
  • Slightly lean into camera, holding it tight against the forehead.
  • Keep your left hand under the lens, rather than on the side.
  • Keep your legs open to avoid your body movement.


You should consider the center of gravity of your camera. The closer the camera is to the core of your body, the lower is the center of gravity. That causes you less likely to move about and easier it will be to hold the camera still. Keep in mind these tricks while looking at the below image which is more self-explanatory about the center of gravity.

It might seem to be very easy leaning in and out sometime but isn’t it easier to step back and forth.

Still struggling to hold your camera? Here’s another option for you. Place your left hand on your right shoulder like a supporting tool and place the camera on the upper half of your left arm. Move your body as the subject of the picture wants you to.


We are almost at the end of this post but I still have something to tell you about how to hold the camera. Holding the camera will not be so aristocrat all the time, sometimes you’ll be taking photos of some objects which are very above or below the eye-line like a flying bird, a setting sun or an aerial view. Sometimes even you have to crawl on the ground like the below image.


There’s no particular written rule though, you just need to find out possibly the best way for you to hold your camera. Try out all the options and please tell me which works best for you.


Thank You for reading.

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  1. This was really a awesome article for the beginners who are willing to learn photography. Keep posting, I am waiting for other articles.

  2. Good article for the rookies to learn about photography. Could you share some tips for mobile photography also.

    1. Thanks for reading. Sure I’ll write on mobile photography as well in near future. Keep reading, Keep learning & Keep sharing!! ????

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