Holding the Camera Right – A Tutorial For Beginners

Cameras are tricky. Some come with comfortable grips while others are smooth, leaving it up to you to decide what the comfortable holding position is. The problem is that being so many different cameras on the market, photography beginners can get the feeling that holding one right is some sort of rocket science.

It’s not. Holding a camera differs from person to person as each and everyone has their personal preferences, but there are some basic guidelines to follow so that your grip is good and your photographs blur-free.

Here are the important things to check when taking your shots:

  1. Right hand holding the camera and controlling the settings
  2. Left hand supporting the weight of the camera
  3. Elbows tucked close to your body
  4. Camera close to your forehead for a viewfinder or not too far from your body for and LCD display
  5. Make sure the camera strap is around your wrist in case your grip is not that great yet!

Remember photographs are best taken when the camera is held with both hands and your body is in a steady position. With your right hand make sure your index finger is directly above the capture button. Your thumb should be at the bottom of the camera for support, and your other fingers curled around the front – making sure you haven’t covered the lens.

Your left hand can either be used to keep the camera steady or to control the lens depending on whether or not your camera needs you to manually adjust the lens. Also ensure that you are not blocking the flash if you are using it.

When using the view finder or the LCD display screen, make sure the camera is close to your body. If the camera only has an LCD display you have no choice but to hold the camera at a certain distance when taking a shot. Make sure that the distance is far enough for you to see and compose your image properly, and that your grip is firm. If your camera does have a viewfinder, place the camera firmly and comfortably against your face. For both the LCD and the viewfinder your elbows need to be tucked close to your body.

Portrait shots require that you hold the camera slightly differently. You will need to hold the camera in your left hand and support it with your right hand keeping your right index finger on the capture button. Be careful not to cover the flash as this is a common error especially with portrait shots.

Keep snapping and remember practice is all you need!