Digital Photography Tip: How to Hold your DSLR for Sharper Shots

March 06, 2013

Digital Photography Tip: How to Hold your DSLR for Sharper Shots

The way that you hold your camera as you snap a photo can have a big impact on the quality of your photo. Holding you camera incorrectly can result in blurry images. Good technique puts you one step closer to sharper shots.

Here are some tips on the best way to hold your DSLR:

  • Grip the right side of your camera with your right hand with three fingers and curl your index finger over the top of your camera to give you access to the shutter button. Press you thumb against the rear of the camera.
  • Using your left hand, cup the camera from underneath with your palm, supporting the lens barrel at the mount. This will allow you to use your thumb and index finger to control the zoom and focus rings.
  • Use the viewfinder rather than the LCD screen on the back of your camera.
  • Bend your elbows and tuck them into your body. Gently press the camera into your forehead to give you additional support.
  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Slightly bend your knees and lean forward a bit.
  • Breathe in before you take your shot and then gently breathe out as you press the shutter button.
  • Press the shutter button gently. Don’t jab at it or you may jerk the camera.

For more information, see:

Avoiding Shake – How To Hold A Digital Camera




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