Keeping It Steady Is Key!

Michael Laubscher All Authors, Michael 1 Comment

This might sounds a bit silly…

How to hold your DSLR camera?

I know many of you will be thinking this is pretty obvious and it is because you just pick it up with the lens pointing away from you, put your eye to the viewfinder and press the shutter button.

Quiet simple right? The answer to this is yes and no.

You will certainly get a image by holding your camera as mentioned above BUT the way you hold your camera can help ensure you get a good/better image.

Do you; at times sit, frustrated and hopeless due to the blurriness of your out of focus images?

  • The reason for this is, it’s movement of either the subject or the camera causes blur.
  • Holding the camera correctly can be a solution to this and help prevent that blur.

Subject movement is something we really can’t control, although adjusting the shutter speed can give us some control over how subject movement is captured.

Camera movement, however, is something we can control. Short of using a tripod or a VR, image-stabilized lens, holding the camera properly is the best way to avoid a blurry picture.

You need to hold the camera as steady as possible. Hold the camera’s handgrip in your right hand and cradle the camera body or lens with your left.  Keep your elbows propped lightly against your torso for support.

Use your left hand to cradle the lens, so that it’s helping to support the weight of the camera. The added weight of a DSLR can also help to steady the camera. Wrapping your left hand over the top of the lens makes it less stable and more likely that you’ll move the camera while shooting.

Go and try this… once you have found your focus, holding your camera correctly, smoothly press the shutter release button the rest of the way down to release the shutter and create an image.

Now that you have tried these suggestions and you may see less blur and more sharp, in-focus images.

If this is not the case and you are still struggling to keep the camera steady you can always make use of a tripod; which is not ideal while on safari, but the use of a monopod will work great on a safari vehicle.

As I mentioned a monopod would work on a safari vehicle, it can sometimes get in the way. If you spend a lot of time on a safari vehicle or in a hide the best and most ideal thing to help you steady your camera is a beanbag.

I hope this will help sharpen up your images!

Keep it steady and happy snapping!


About the Author

Michael Laubscher


Haunted by the allure of spectacular wildlife and African sunsets. I am a hunter-gatherer of natural light and candid moments, an appetite whet with a taste of the unknown and the smell of home; “This Is Africa”! I look forward to sharing life long experiences with you and helping you capture them. Please feel free to go check out my Instagram account

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