How to Hold a Camera – Beginner Tips from Karl Taylor

Pro photographer Karl Taylor is back with another tutorial video. This time around, he’s covering basic techniques for holding a camera in standing, sitting and prone positions. These are fundamental tips for getting consistently sharp images and reducing camera shake blur. If you are new to photography or just need a brush up, the video above is worth your time to watch.

For further reading on the topic, check out my article 4 Principles of Photography Marksmanship from a few years ago.

How to Shoot With Your Left Hand Only

Shoot With Your Left Hand Only

This topic was brought up by a reader who broke his right arm and asked how he was supposed to take photos and operate his camera with just his left hand.

Even if you are left-handed, cameras are designed to be gripped and operated primarily using the right hand.  That’s why the grip and shutter release are on the right side.

If you have to go one-handed on your camera, you want the right hand to be holding it.  But what do you do when you can’t use your right hand for 45 days?

Sure, you can carry around a tripod for a month and a half, but you’ll probably be without a camera quite often if it has to have a tripod attached to it every time you go out.

So, what are your other options? [Read more...]