How to take good pictures

Now let’s talk about taking pictures. At this point in this free course you should have learn most of the preparation before we actually start taking pictures. Now you will learn how to take pictures. But we will discuss the artistic part later. Right now you need to start with the way you hold your camera. This is the first step.

How to hold your camera

To know how to hold your camera is so important. The way you do it can predict whether the shoot will be good or blurry. Many blurry pictures happen because of camera shake. We humans are not as stable as a tripod, we have natural shaking even though you may not notice it. Cameras can notice very slight movements when taking pictures. The more stable you hold your camera the better the results.

How to hold DSLR, MILC, and bridge cameras

Take a look at these images to understand the proper way to hold a DSLR camera.

Use your right hand to grip the side of the camera. Most DSLRs in the market have created grips to fit the hand of the photographer. Use that specific design feature, but don’t grip too hard. Place your right index finger slightly above the shutter release button so that you don’t have to shift your pointer finger and you will be ready to shoot photos.

Place your left palm under the camera, as it will be receiving the weight of your camera. Keep your left thumb, left index and middle finger near the zoom ring and focus ring. This will make it easier for you to zoom, focus, and shoot while keeping things stable.

Keep your right foot forward a little to give you a more stable ground. Keep in mind to have a stable footing and keep your weight centered.

Before pressing the shutter button you may want to minimize or if possible prevent any movements from your body. Some photographers take a breath first then hold the air in, shoot then exhale, some prefer doing the breathing technique in reverse, but it’s up to you how you want to take your picture.

There are some instances that even if you keep very still, while holding your camera the image still becomes blurry. Low light environment, slow-shutter speeds and sometimes a heavy lens that can cause you to move may affect your images. Adjusting some camera settings and/or using tripods and monopods are the best way to go for these situations.

How to hold a point-and-shoot camera

Holding a point-and-shoot camera also involves using both hands. Don’t hold it as a DSLR camera, instead you put both hands around it and hold it firmly with your elbows tucked in. You also need to bring the camera closer to your body. You must feel the weight of your body well balanced.

Also once you develop some experience you will need to brake some rules on how you hold your camera because of particular circumstances. But that’s another story for now. Let’s now move on to camera modes!


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