Proper Handholding Technique

There is a proper Handholding Technique just like there is a proper Long Lens Technique. The goal of both is to capture the sharpest possible image by improving the person behind the camera. This is not something I made up, but was taught long, long ago. If you watch photographers such as photojournalists who handhold the vast majority of the time, you will see them using this very basic but essential technique.

First - bring your elbows into your sides! I'm not talking about squeezing so hard your belly button pops out, but just rest them on your sides.

Second - cradle the lens in your hands! You want gravity to force the lens down into your hand. Holding the lens in another way, gravity is trying to force the lens out of your hand.

Third - use a rubber eyecup! This acts like a shock absorber to help minimize or eliminate any movement from your head.

Fourth - roll you finger when firing! Too many photographers poke at their shutter release to fire the camera, causing all sorts of unwanted movement. You want to rest your finger on the shutter release at all times and then slightly roll it unto the shutter release to actually fire the camera. This takes practice, but makes a big difference!

Lastly - practice, practice, practice! You can't expect to have this become second nature or remain second nature if you don't do it all the time. Whether shooting for real or just staying in shape, take the gear out and practice so you don't have to think about it when you're out shooting.

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