Use “Da Grip” for Capturing Sharper Images in Low Light

This video is hardly new (appeared back in 2008), but could be helpful for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. In it, photographer Joe McNally teaches how you can use your body to stabilize the camera, gaining a stop or two of light. McNally says his technique is mostly useful for left-eyed shooters, but you can adapt many of the things taught regardless of which eye you use.

  • ThePeach

    dunno really if it works the same way if you’re right-eye shooting, since the trigger is on the right side, too. This means that you need to place the camera on the same side he shows and twist the head further to aim.. dunno, have to try. I usually shoot as I was using a rifle (the sport ones I mean :P )

  • Chung Dha Lam

    Need to try that shoulder one but have to say mostly what I do is elbow to my chest for support can easily do 1/20

  • zn_evad

    @ThePeach: I’m a right-handed, right-eyed shooter – and you can definitely make it work. Here’s a 1/10sec handheld shot done using this grip:

  • Mouring

    People look at me funny when I state this, but for those of us that have gone through gun training and shoot semi-regularly have all learned the correct shooter stands (standing, kneeing, laying, etc). These same things stands follow through with photography. Also following the “deep breath, slowly let out and fire” is also very useful if you need the additional stability.

  • Joakim Fjeldli

    more or less impossible if your skinny and right-eyed

  • uncachable

    Lucky I’m left-eyed. Tried to adapt it for the right eye, but no luck.

  • Daryl (Butch) Butcher

    You really need to take up rifle shooting. Precision shooting helps also. You will soon pick up all of the techniques. I am fortunate enough to be left-eyed also. Right handed. Left eyed. Perfect. I had to learn to shoot rifle switch handed. It develops all of the skills just right for holding a camera. When you tote a 400mm f 2.8 lens you really need a rifle shooter’s stance. The only drawback is I tend to try to “lead” shots. Comes from shooting shotgun. Two suggestions: 1) make a camera “stock”. I did. Helpful. 2) Make a “palm rest” for the telephoto tripod foot. Do what the superb shooters from early in the 20th century did. Keep that left elbow into your left hip. Let the palm rest come to you.

  • Branden Harvey

    This dude is super awkward.

  • Ktak

    This dude took several minutes of my precious time that could essentially accomplished in a minute.
    Just so redundant with unnecessary and not-so-funny jokes etc.

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  • Senén Cito

    That dude happens to be one of the best teachers of photography there is, he made sure the point was not just understood, but the why behind every little technique he showed.

  • Joe Blount

    I guess your time wasn’t precious enough to complain about it though. Right? 

  • Darren Ward79

    i can get better results my own way!!1/6, never had a problem.

  • mike

    I literally could have made a much more helpful video than this guy.  Would teach you much more than not slouching when shooting and not using overhand grip (does anyone actually do that??).  I kept thinking he was going to say something useful and he’d start talking about the cat or some stupid “habit” that apparently gets everyone in a bind.