Essential QuickTip #1: Hold the Camera Properly

WASHINGTON, DC, 10 September 2010 — Below is the first in a series of Bill Gentile’s Essential Backpack Journalism QuickTips that you may find helpful in the field. I certainly have. Please feel free to send any feedback.

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#1: Hold the Camera Properly

You have a left hand largely for one purpose: To hold the camera properly. So maximize this gift and learn how to hold the camera in a way that will make your work easier and more effective. Use the left hand as a base, or a foundation, upon which the camera rests. Keep the fingers of your left hand free to manipulate switches, buttons and focus/zoom rings. Grasp the camera firmly with the right hand. (Photo by Esther Gentile)