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So, you think you can hold a camera or smartphone correctly? Well how do you know?
Take a good look at your photos.
No, not on the camera or phone screen but on your PC, Mac or Laptop. Even a tablet is better than a smartphone or camera screen but the bigger the better.
Now does it look really sharp or does look a little bit blurred (the industry phrase is “soft”) in parts or may even a quite a bit blurred?
If so, there is a good chance you are not paying enough attention to the fact that a camera moves when you hold it. Now that’s not the camera moving on its own but you moving it.
Now there are several techniques to overcome this but I’m going to basically cover how you should be holding your camera and smartphone.
Let’s start with the camera.
Now to add to that, tuck your elbows in against your side.
If you have studied physics you will know what the pendulum theory is. Holding the camera at arm’s length creates a pendulum effect and ‘soft’ or blurry photos unless the light is very good and you have a high shutter speed.
So just like using the viewfinder tuck those arms in against your sides and bring the camera closer to your eyes.
Ok now the smartphone
If you are using a physical shutter, then hold the phone with whichever side it’s on and curl it around the back below of course the lens with the thumb operating the shutter.
The other hand can hold the bottom of the phone with the index finger and thumb.
For a virtual button the difference is that it’s the hand at the bottom that presses the virtual button and can’t in that case grip the bottom of the smartphone at the same time.
In all honesty when in portrait mode, it’s often better to use the virtual button.
In some situations, you may not be physically vertical. You may have to lie or sit to take the photo. If you are lying down, you have the added support of the ground or floor but you need to rest the elbows on the ground or you will end taking a steady of image of the ground which may not be your intended subject.
If you are sitting, then usually there is something you can rest the camera on.
Of course, there are lots of ways to avoid that blurry or soft photo.
Use a tripod, make sure you have image stabilisation turned on (if fitted), ensure that your shutter speed is fast enough, use the timer and so on.
But this piece is just the basics on holding the camera.
More on those tips on the next post.
If you have any tips, please don’t be shy just stick ’em in the comment box below?
Is there anything else that you want explained? Again just ask.
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