Tips on How to Properly Hold a Digital Camera
People who are new to digital photography are likely to always take pictures holding the camera the same way, which is laterally. Shots done this way are called landscape shots and they are fine for some subjects but often it is better to turn the camera and use a portrait shot. If you are new to digital photography, holding the camera the right way may be something you do not understand. Many photographers change the way they are holding the camera in digital photography to create unique photographs. You should experiment with the way you hold the camera. That said, you should stick to the landscape and portrait methods of holding the camera if you are new to digital photography. The right orientation for your digital camera for a specific shot is going to depend on what position the subject is in and if they are moving.
The basic principle of photography is to focus on your subject and avoid as much as possible other details in the photograph so there is no distraction from the subject. In some cases, you can avoid these distractions by holding the camera differently so you do not have to get closer to the subject or edit the photograph later on. For subjects who are standing up, you want to use a portrait orientation most of the time. That way, you do not get distracting items in the photograph on the sides of the subject. If a subject is sitting or lying down, you will want to change the orientation to landscape to avoid distractions from the top and bottom of the subject.
When you are taking photographs in nature, you need to consider the orientation as well. A tree, for example, on its own is best photographed using a portrait orientation so nothing else takes away from the subject. A mountain scene, a field or a covered bridge is better photographed using the landscape orientation, however. You also have to take into account how a subject is moving if you are photographing an active subject. A subject moving left to right should be photographed with a landscape orientation. A subject moving up and down is best photographed using a portrait orientation.
Let’s say you are photographing an animal that is moving along a path in the park and you want to capture the feeling that the subject is moving off towards the horizon. In this case, you will need to use a portrait orientation to capture the movement. You can also use a landscape orientation if you want the animal to appear to be moving horizontally down the path. In this situation, you have to consider the way the subject is moving, as well as what you are trying to capture, when deciding on the photo’s orientation.
Rules are meant to be broken and the same is true for rules about holding a camera during digital photography. If you get used to holding the camera the right way, you can then move on to being creative and taking chances when photographing your subjects.