Beyond the Camera: Grips, Holds, and Tripod

From the dawn of photography important elements that of the art quickly followed. The ancient tripod quickly evolved complimenting the first cameras. As the hand held capability came along so did proper ways to hold it along with added grip accessorizes to prevent any tragic accidents.



The best friend of any digital camera is the oh, so supportive tripod. Where a steady shot is needed and the human hand proves to be insufficient the tripod saves the day. Especially with pictures that demand a slow shutter speed the worst effect is the shaky motion blur of an unsteady camera. With portrait and landscape where multiple pictures at the exact same angle is needed the tripod gives a great consistency.

An often overlooked element of a tripod beyond its steadiness is that it allows photographers to  take sharp pictures with slower shutter speed (Don’t have to worry about motion blur of a shaky camera), therefore lowering ISO, and a smaller aperture to capture breath taking depth without causing an underexposed shot. This is very useful when taking pictures at night.When using macro lens with a high magnification where slight movement can ruin a shot, the tripod is a great addition.



Saving countless photographers the heartache of breaking their precious (and expensive) cameras the addition of grips are a life saver. Most DSLRs come with a built in handgrip, while some are accessories added to the specific model of camera,and it can pay off well for the adventurist photographer.With many variations such as battery grips, hand grips, pistol grips, and so on. Because most cameras are designed with landscapes as the easiest way ergonomically to take pictures, grips made to ease the transition from landscape and portraits can be useful. Some grips come with a second shutter button for comfortable portraits with a rotated camera.

Large lenses that may cause shaky shots can be balanced with a battery grip. Especially in DSLRs the sometimes extensive lenses can be unsettling if not handled with sturdy hands, a simple grip can even out the weight. Not to mention that battery grips carry an extra battery, which can be helpful for extensive photography that may take large lapses of time.



Photography is an art of great enjoyment, but incorrectly holding a camera will cost you good pictures ( and even the camera itself). Holding the camera’s built in right sided grip (sorry lefties, not many modifications are available) ,using the left hand to support the lens, and tucking in the elbows toward the body as support is the first step. This first step removes a lot of motion blur from an unsteady camera because the correct positioning allows your body to naturally support the camera. The right index finger will control the shutter button.

When holding the camera vertically it may cause some discomfort at first, but after a few rounds it will come naturally. With the right hand with the grip facing up and the left hand supporting the lens. Though support may be difficult, putting the left elbow against the body provides more support.


The art of photography has come a long way from its humble beginnings, but with new technology comes new technique. With practice and patients the artist in this case photographer will produce better work.





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