LESSON 1 – HOW TO HOLD YOUR CAMERA.

Imagine this scenario:” you have  spent hundreds of rupees on equipment; you have made sure that you have got everything just right in terms of exposure setting, lights balance, focus and framing; and too have triggered the shutter at the precise once-in-a-lifetime moments you want to record: and after all that, your image is blurred. It’s extremely disappointing and frustrating, but camera shakes – the movement of the camera at the point of capture- is the number one culprit behind blurred images. However, you don’t necessarily need any special pieces of equipment to remedy the problem in most cases; you just need to ensure that you’re holding your camera correctly.

CAMERA GRIP

To keep our camera as steady as possible without holding a tripod, hold in your right hand, with your index finger close to the shutter-release button and your fingers around the camera grip. Your left hand should support the lens, while also allowing you to control the zoom and focus rings. Keep your elbow tucked into your sides for added stability.

Remember-

  • Hold your camera and lens with both hands
  • Keep your elbows tucked in
  • Press the shutter- release button gently
  • Take your shots you finish exhaling(on your “out breath”)

STAYING STEADY

As well as making sure that you are holding your camera correctly. It’s equally important to adopt the most appropriate stance for your shooting position.

There are following most common shooting position-

1.Standing position:

It is likely that most of the time you’ll be shooting from an upright standing position. While this may be in the most comfortable, natural position. You still need to ensure that you’re standing firm.

Remember-

  • Stand with your feet approximately shoulder –width apart
  • Stand square-on to your subject, rather than twisting your body sideways.
  1. Crouching:

Shooting from the crouching position will enable you to explore will enable you to explore different angles, allowing you to include more of the foreground in a shot, for example. However, unless you balance yourself properly, you’ll find it hard to stay steady.

Remember-

  • Distribute your weight evenly and avoid leaning forward
  • Rest your elbow on your knee

3. Sitting:

You probably don’t take photographs from a seated positional that often, but when you do, use your legs, knees, and feet to create a solid grounding.

Remember-

  • Keep your feet apart to create a stable base
  • Rest your elbow on your knees to brace yourself.

4.Laying Down :

Shooting from a prone position allows you to capture an intriguing “worms eye” view of the world. But while you’re trying to find the right positions its easy to forget to hold your camera properly

Remember-

  • Support yourself on your elbows comfortably
  • Use your right hand to hold and operate your camera
  • And your left hand to support and control the lens.

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