Pointing Your Finger May Help You Aim Your Camera More Accurately

Having trouble framing shots when “shooting from the hip” and not looking through (or at) your camera? Lifehacker suggests pointing with your left hand index finger to improve your accuracy. Simply press the finger against your lens, parallel to your camera’s line of sight. The idea is that while we point at things all the time, aiming a camera isn’t quite as intuitive (though it comes with practice). By making the camera an “extension of your body”, you might be able to aim it more naturally!

(via Lifehacker)

  • Anonymous

    That’s quite useful

  • Anonymous

    My method (for daylight shooting) is as follows:
    Set your SLR to about 500 ISO.
    Select aperture priority with an f/stop of about 11
    Put your widest lens on. (I use a 17mm)
    Set the lens to manual focus and pre-focus it to about 10 feet (9 meters)
    This method ensures that most of the image is sharp due to the depth of field.
    The wide angle means that you don’t have to precisely point at the subject and can crop it later.

  • Alan996

    This technique has been used for decades in the first steps in teaching a person to shoot a handgun.  If you look at any object, do not move your eyes, and point with the index finger of your dominant hand the finger will point directly to the object.  With a few hours of practice spread over several days muscle memory takes over, no thinking, automatic placement of your hand.  The second step is to remember to lock your wrist so that the forearm and hand are in a straight line.  Again muscle memory will take over with a little practice.  Besides cameras and handguns it is a very useful skill when using screwdrivers, socket wrenches and finding the door knob when intoxicated.

  • Almond

    10 feet is nowhere near 9m. 

  • Anonymous

    Ooops. Thanks for spotting that Almond. I meant to say 3 meters (about 9 – 10 feet)

  • killerjackalope

    I often splay my hand underneath the lens with my index finger pointing forwards, which seems to help, it’s a habit from shooting with an old 70-210 F4 EOS lens, which has an external zoom. (On a random note I still use that lens a lot for shooting events, you can pick interesting action in crowds, zoom out and zoom in to the next thing very quickly because your hands not twisting around the barrel to zoom.)