Reduce camera shake and blurry images by learning to hold your camera the right way

Hey guys, Brent here with a short tutorial showing you how to hold your camera for maximum form and function.

I’ve noticed in my workshops that most of the beginner students don’t hold their cameras properly. They tend to hold them in a way that causes camera shake and muscle fatigue, both of which lead to blurry images.

So what do you do? Do what the pros do!

By learning how to hold your camera the “right” way, you’ll not only look cool, you’ll also notice an improvement in the quality of your images.

Watch now to see how to hold that awesome camera you have!

In this episode:

(0:20) – BE the Tripod!
(2:08) – This is How You Do it!
(3:16) – Portrait-Landscape and Back Again

BE the Tripod

We already know that professionals look cool holding their cameras. But did you also know that they’re serving as their own tripod just by the way they hold their camera? There are three main points of contact you will want to learn and use.

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Camera strap: The first thing you want to do is put the strap around your neck. That way if you accidentally drop the camera, and it happens to the best of us, it won’t go far. You’ll save a lot of money and heartache by doing this one “little” thing first.
  2. Left hand, point #1: This is your primary stabilizing point. You want to hold your hand out like you’re holding a plate and rest the lens in your palm. Make sure you glue your elbow to your ribs for full support. Notice you can still use your fingers to zoom and focus.
  3. Right hand, point #2: This is your control point. This hand holds the part of the camera known as the grip (which also happens to house the batteries). Hold the grip with all your fingers, leaving your index finger free to control the dials and shutter.
  4. Eye to eyepiece, point #3: The final point of contact is your eye upon the eyepiece with your right thumb gently resting on your forehead.

This is How You Do it! Landscape

As you can see from the image, I have the strap around my neck, my elbow is tucked into my ribs, the lens is resting on my left palm, my right hand is holding the grip, and the eyepiece is resting against my eyebrow. This gives me full control of the camera.

This is How You Do it! Portrait

When holding the camera in portrait orientation, you need to do something a little different with your right hand…rest it on your forehead. It’s really the only place for it and it helps stabilize the camera that much more.


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There is a “right” way to hold your camera to have the control and get better images. You ARE your own tripod:

  • Use your camera strap around your neck to prevent mishaps
  • Use your left hand as your main support and stabilizing anchor
  • Use your right hand as your control for taking the photos
  • Use your eyebrow to eyepiece as your final point of contact
  • By holding your camera in this way, you have full control over the camera itself and its functionality. You can also quickly and easily switch between landscape and portrait orientation and move the camera aside to speak to your subject.
  • By following these tips, you’ll not only look like a pro, your photos will consistently look better with less blur. AND you’ll experience less fatigue, which means you can shoot longer!

    Let me know in the comments section below if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you!

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