October 31, 2020
  • 10:48 PM Advocating for RAW vs JPEG
  • 8:38 PM Patriots at the White House.
  • 8:30 AM Understanding Photography Composition, Part I
  • 9:04 PM The Exposure Triangle
  • 10:59 PM Photographic Exposure: Learn the Fundamentals, part I
  • 2:22 AM Miami Beach South Pointe.

Everyone on occasion has experienced the disappointment of checking that the photo that we like the most has a slight blur or is slightly moved as a result of not grabbing the camera correctly. The most important consideration we must have to firmly grasp a camera is that we become the tripod that supports it, giving it the necessary footing to prevent it from moving. Let’s pay attention at Cartier Bresson here on how he holds his legendary Leica .

Several factors determine how well we grip the camera:

1- We want to take the shot from the face. The camera should rest firmly on the eyebrow of the dominant eye, never separating the arms from the body.

2- The position of the hands is fundamental. The left hand is placed under the body of the camera and is also used to hold the lens of the camera. This creates support that provides stabilization to the device regardless of what the right hand does. It is the left hand who keeps the camera pressed to the eyebrow. The right hand is used to grasp the right edge of the camera, always leaving the index finger free so that the shutter can operate from the first phalanx, that is, without having to move the whole hand.

3- The elbows should touch the ribs. Both arms should be near the body with elbows tight to the sides. If you don’t feel them pressing the ribs they are not tight enough.

4- The legs should be separated. Consider that each foot is placed in a vertical line under the shoulder. Separate your feed at the same distance from the shoulders.

Other important and logical tips from the initial position include bending the knees slightly and advancing a foot if we seek to focus from a lower height. If we kneel we want to raise one knee so that the elbow rests on it.

I solved the dilemma of what to do when the frame is vertical by adding a battery grip, or motor to my camera with a second trigger, this avoids me having to raise the elbow when turning the camera.

Finally, remember that holding the breath tends to create and imperceptible tremor in the body, it is important to exhale while pressing the shutter.

I hope you have found this topic useful, and remember that only with repetition and practice it is possible to create a habit.