Photography basics – Holding the camera

When starting out with photography, the most important thing is NOT how much you can spend on the latest DSLR, or how many lenses you can get. The most important thing is you and how you hold the camera.

Here are a few tips on how to hold your camera correctly:

  • If you are standing, your feet should be shoulder-width apart and one foot slightly in front of the other – this gives you a strong and stable base.
  • If the subject is low, don’t be afraid to kneel on one knee or lie on the floor to get the correct angle
  • Hold your arms in to your body – keep your elbows in tight
  • Use one hand to support the body of the camera, the other to hold then lens – make sure your hand is comfortably supporting the weight of the camera and covers the shutter release button too.
  • Rest the viewfinder against your eyebrow to give you more support
  • Rotate the camera to see if the shot is better in landscape or portrait mode
  • Lean into the subject if you need to