How to hold and shoot your digital camera

Shooting is shooting right? Well the judges say no, but really there are a lot of parallels between shooting with a camera and shooting with a rifle.

In both cases even the slightest shake can mean you “miss” the shot, so let’s have a look at how to hold a rifle and shoot it.

There’s 2 different kinds of shakes that will make you miss your shots: muscle shakes and your body rising and falling when you breathe.


Muscle shakes are hard to get rid of and they increase if you carry something heavy (like a heavy rifle) or if you are in an uncomfortable position. This can never be removed entirely, but it can be kept at a minimum. Your body rises and falls when breathing, and this is entirely controllable.

Shooting a camera:

Ok let’s face it, shooting your camera rarely takes the same kind of precision it does to shoot a target at a long range, but if you are shooting pictures in low light, and maybe even without image stabilization on the lens, then holding your camera pretty darn steady is needed.


I will give some more camera specific tips below. Some are not applicable in all situations. When shooting something fast moving, you may be only have a split second to pull the shot off, but I’m sure you will see what I mean.

1: Both hands should always be used, and hold on firmly but not too tight to the camera with your right hand, rest your forefinger on the shutter. The left hand should be supporting wherever the balance point is. This will be the base of the lens for all the smaller lenses, but the bigger bulkier lenses has another point of balance. Tuck your elbows into your sides. Bring the camera back to your face and not the other way around.

When shooting vertically you should hold the camera pretty much the same way, but personal taste will differ here.

2: Gently press the shutter when you wish to take the picture and hold your breath while you do it. Pressing it down too hard or fast will move your camera a bit. If using a zoom lens or with slow shutter speed it will really be visible. If you are about to take a tricky shot, then consider using the self-timer


3: Lean against something if you are able to, and if you are able to rest the arms or camera on a hard surface in a comfortable position, you should do that as well.

4: As a rule of thumb, only shoot handheld shots with a shutter speed 1.6 times the focal length. With a focal length of 100 mm use about 1/125 or faster.

These are just some general pointers. If you are in the wedding photography niche. You need to be extra accurate. The perfect moment for the bride and groom might come and go in a few seconds. So you need to be able to capture it with skill. If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Glasgow then check out Mark Anderson is photojournalist and also a wedding photographer in Glasgow and Edinburgh. He also under takes projects related to family portraits and interior architecture.

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