How Not to Hold Your Camera

For the low price of $69, this master class offered through daily deal site LivingSocial will teach you everything you need to know about photography — everything except how to hold your camera properly.

P.S. Check out this video for camera holding tips by photographer Joe McNally.

  • Rick Bennett

    But at least they’ll explain how to button-mash the shutter-release (check out her finger 2 inches above the button!).

  • Michael Zhang

    That’s actually a pro technique that gives you some time to abort if you decide to not take the picture mid-shot.

  • Anonymous

    Your ignorance is apparent with this post.  The image actually illustrates the classical Eastern technique, 並 , which roughly translates to “golden mantis”.  You can defeat an army of 1,000, or capture the purest smile of a grieving child with this little known technique.

  • Anonymous

    My back hurts just looking at that!

  • Rick Bennett

    Of course we can all keep hatin–they’ve sold over 400 of this deal with 8 hours remaining. I’d happily rent a few hotel ball-rooms and ramble on about photography for $30k.

  • White Hot Phoenix

    I don’t see where people get off saying holding the camera this way is wrong. It’s the photo that comes out that counts. Hold it upside down if you feel like it. It doesn’t matter. Don’t get caught up in the bullshit.

  • Khalid Sarwar

    Portrait orientation, you’re doing it wrong.

  • Joakim Fjeldli

    Give her a break. She’s holding the camera in landscape, shooting a portrait, because her head is tilted to the side. Because thats obviously how cameras work.

  • Daniel Yu Suzuki

    With this master class workshop, you can take as good of photos you see on

  • Seth Christie

    I think the point is that it won’t come out alright. Holding it like that makes camera shake blur more likely, difficult to compose, back ache… if you saw a kid get up to bat, and swinging at the ball with the grip at the wrong end… would you correct him? Or say, eh, he might hit it out of the park… he probably won’t.

  • Jason Moseley

    You’re all looking at it the wrong way.  What’s important is the photographer taking the shot of her holding the camera, and how HE/SHE’s holding their camera correctly.

    Overthinking, I am?

  • Ian Ludwig

    I would tend to agree with you, granted it might not be the best shot to advertise for a photography masterclass but it works.

    Having said that, the photo appears to be a bad Photoshop job. Look at
    the topmost break in her hair, follow her right arm (left for us looking
    at it) it doesn’t look like it lines up correctly with her shoulder.
    Also check out the white space above her knee, did her shirt not have a
    pattern her? Prove me wrong but I think it is just a bad edit.

  • Anonymous

    It’s just a crappy crop. They cut off her shoulder… and no, I don’t think the shirt had a pattern right there…

  • Miyuki

    My favorite part is where it says “Camera equipment is optional for the course” on the LivingSocial page.

  • Rick Bennett

    Picture is a stock photograph, created by Eduard Titov, not the teacher of this class.

    I find it amusing that they didn’t use the instructor’s own photograph as an advertisement, essentially saying “See, after my class, you too will be able to produce a ‘stunning professional photo portrait.'”

  • kdv

    well said… check mate!

  • Richard

    I’m with you Phoenix. Real photographers don’t snark at the way other photographers hold their cameras.

  • Anonymous

    good find.  I suspected this was stock, and not his own shot.  Kind of weird.

  • David Ritchie

    Why would you decide not to take a picture mid-shot? Or am I perhaps missing some sarcasm here?

  • Dave

    She gets to hold her camera any way she wants.

  • Mark Stokes

    Yes, you are missing the sarcasm :)

  • White Hot Phoenix

    Sports and photography are hardly the same. A photo can take 1/5000 of a second to capture in the right conditions. In cases like that it doesn’t matter how you hold the camera. Period.

  • White Hot Phoenix

    If you’re talking about under 1/250, then you start to see issues with that. And seriously, if you’re being that anal about it, you’re missing shots.

  • Sebastián Soto

    You said it, in the right conditions. And I think sports and photography are very similar. You master your skill with practice, and there’re always better ways to hold the object (ball, camera) for better and more efficient results.

  • Ridgecity

    She’s a model people. They tried finding a good looking photographer for the ad and couldn’t find one.