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Hi, this is Tom Greenwood from In this video were going to look at something

pretty basic. How to stand and how to hold the camera.

You might wonder why this is important. Well, the fact is we're looking for stability. If

the camera is wobbling about when you press the shutter button, theres a good chance

youll have camera shake and horrible blurry images.

This is particularly important when you're shooting in low light and using slow shutter


Now, this is wrong for a number of reasons. Lets start by looking at the feet. Now

here her feet are close together and theyre not pointing in the direction of the camera.

So shes really not creating a stable base on which to take a photo.

Here her feet are further apart but theyre really too far apart now. Shes going to

be wobbling about. Instead you want to have your feet directly below your shoulders. In

fact, its a pretty normal standing position.

And now for those arms. You want to think in terms of a tripod and not a trapeze artist.

Pointing your elbows outwards is not going to make you more stable. In fact on the contrary,

you want your elbows tucked close into your body.

If you need to get low, its important to get as stable as possible and this crouching

position really isnt going to do it. Again weve got arms flapping around and the whole

body is essentially balancing on tiptoes.

By contrast, this is much better. Shes solidly grounded. Notice how her elbow is

resting on her knee and theres basically a straight line going from the camera, down

her arm, down her leg, to the ground. Nice and firm.

These days a lot of DSLRs offer live view. So rather than look through the view finder,

you can look at the LCD screen on the back of the camera. Now this is a bad idea. Again

the camera is far less stable when youre holding it at arms length. Its always

better to take the old-fashioned approach, hold the camera to your face and look through

the viewfinder.

Now in terms of actually holding the camera, its pretty self-explanatory. Your right

hand grips the camera with your index finger on the shutter button and your left hand supports

the weight of the camera and gives stability.

Depending on the size of the lens, you might use your left hand to actually hold the underside

of the lens. And its always good to have a finger at the ready to flip the manual/auto-focus


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