How to Hold Your Camera to Avoid Blur

One thing that happens again and again is that people use the LCDs on the back of their cameras to frame their shots and end up holding their cameras at arm's length to take pictures. The problem is that 9 times out of 10 the pictures end up just a little fuzzy, and we've all ended up seasick from home videos.  Why? Well, no matter how hard we try, our hands shake, we breathe in and out, and the world turns. So what do we do about it? Believe it or not, this is less of a problem with dSLRs. They're bigger and heavier, so in some ways they're more stable when you're pressing the shutter button (and remember, stroke it, don't stab it!). They're also more expensive, so we tend to treat them like our babies. 😛 The right hand is the shutter button side, and should be holding the camera firmly but not squeezing it. The left hand should be actually supporting the weight of the camera from underneath, with the fingers cupping around the lens, and that left elbow held in and propped against your body as a sturdy support. The best way to hold a camera is to always keep both your elbows in. No flappy wings! 😉 Consciously resting your elbow(s) against your rib cage or close to your body will make a big difference in your focus. I've also been saved by my close hold on my camera on the street. Just a few weeks ago I had an idiot jogger slam right into me and almost knock me to my knees while I was at a car show. If I wouldn't have had my camera held in against my body with both hands while focusing it would have been knocked out of my hands and smashed. Also, inhale or exhale before your shot, not during. I usually end up exhaling and holding, but if the other way works for you, that's great. So, unless you're short and holding your camera up to try and get a shot over the crowd at a concert, 2 hands on the wheel at all times, even with small cameras. Better yet, find something to lean on. A post, a wall, a fence. Not the car, unless it's turned off. That additional stability will really make a difference when you aren't carrying a tripod. If you're sitting, prop your elbow on your knee, for instance. Any extra little bit of stability helps make your pictures just a little sharper.