We recognize that our audience has an interest in photography to capture special moments such as Courts of Honors, campouts, winter activities, family vacations, sport events, and other gatherings. “Photo Friday” is intended to help photography amateurs improve their photo shoots through photo tips, which may include basic skills, creative shooting techniques, and proper care and maintenance. Tips in this section are written by amateurs, professional photographers, and by other contributors. We hope that you find these tips useful in your Scouting program. Photo Fridays are brought to you by Brandon Queen Photography.
Proper Positioning Techniques
We talked about choosing the right cameras on last weeks tip. Now we will talk about proper positioning techniques:
- How to hold your camera properly
- How to stand when holding your camera
- Hand placement on the camera.
Holding Your Camera
Anyone can pick up a camera and take a photograph. We want to do it the proper way so that your pictures can be crisp and clear. All cameras are different. We are going to focus on the point and shoot cameras. You to can shoot like a pro!
Step One: Most point and shoot cameras come with a wrist strap. Therefore the strap goes on you right wrist.
Step Two: Your thumb should rest gently on the back of the camera.
Step Three: The rest of your finger should rest on the side of the lens.
Step Four: Your index finger should be free so it can access the shutter button.
Step Five:Your left hand should be a brace to hold the camera in a sturdy position.
Now once you have practiced these techniques, you must keep your elbows tucked in your side (ribs) to keep your camera still. This prevents camera shake.
- Your feet should be flat on the ground and one slightly ahead of one another. There are may standing positions that you can use to take a photograph. One is the one knee position. This position is used to “Get on their Level”, which mean that you are at the hight of the subject. We will cover that in the upcoming tips.
Remember that your elbows should be planted into your side to help with stabilization. Holding the camera at arms length will result in shaky photos.