Friday, July 2, 2010

Photography 101: How to Hold a Digital Camera? Really?

The most common problem (enemy!) with digital camera users is camera shake that will produce blurry images due to the camera not being held still enough. So to overcome this problem, the most basic thing that you need to know is how to hold YOUR digital camera during the process of taking a photo. Unwanted blurry images are more common when photographing in low light condition as the shutter speed is slower, as I explained before in my previous photography 101 on Shutter. Holding your digital camera still enough will help you to reduce camera shake hence avoiding unwanted blur. However, there is actually NO exact correct way to hold your digital camera, as digital cameras differ from each other, be it a DSLR, digital compact, digital ultrazoom, micro four thirds and so on. BUT, this is a method that is widely used and proven to reduce camera shake to the minimum level AND make you look like a Pro too! :)

  • Ok, first of all, of course your right hand should grip the right-end of the camera. Put your index finger (forefinger) lightly on the shutter release (button on top to snap a picture). Put your thumb at the back of the camera, and your three other fingers around the front of the camera. You should put a strong grip on the camera, but not TOO strong that will result the camera to shake even more.

  • Then your left hand should be positioned according to the type of digital camera that YOU are using, but the basic job for this left hand is to support the whole weight of the camera. So the left hand should be underneath the camera, or under/around the lens of your camera (if your camera has lens).

  • Now if you compose your shot using a viewfinder, keep doing this as this method adds an extra stability to your camera as the camera is positioned close to your body. However, if your are using an LCD screen, make sure that you do not hold your camera too far away from you. You should tuck your elbows on your sides and hold the camera not further than 30 cm from your face. But if your camera has a viewfinder, I recommend you to use it if it is not a problem for you to look into it.

  • For extra stability, you can always lean on sturdy walls or trees while taking photos. You can also practice this method of breathing. Compose your shot, take a deep breath, hold it, release the shutter, and exhale after that. I use this a lot, especially when taking macro photos. And one more thing, when you are taking photos, squeeze firmly on the shutter release, do not jab on it!

Keep practising and I believe your camera shake issue will be solved. However, you must bear in mind that there are other factors that lead to blurry images such as 'not knowing how to manipulate the shutter speed where you should be'. As for that, make sure what kind of shot that you want and set the shutter speed right. And invest on a tripod if your are serious. :)

Leave me a comment or any question that you want me to answer in the comment section below. Shown picture is taken from Nikonian Academy.


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izuan said...

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itan said...

terima kasih.
oo patut la.yang dibuat cuma tahan nafas.lain tak buat.

izuan said...

itan, ada lg tips lain iaitu sentiasa ambil gmabra dengan menggunakan dua tangan, bukan sebelah je, hehe. satu lagi, kedua-dua kaki dibuka sedikit (jangan terkangkang pulak!) untuk menambah kesatbilan pusat graviti. Kalau guna kamera digital biasa, pastikan ibu jari kiri kat tepi kiri kamera.

Cik Liz a.k.a Leza said...

owhh mcm tu ker...baru tau ni hikhik...tq 4 sharing

izuan said...

no problemo =)