Humor: Camera Sutra T-Shirt of Popular Photography Positions


Travel photographer and HDR guru Trey Ratcliff is selling this clever T-shirt over in his Stuck In Customs online store. It’s titled “Camera Sutra,” and shows various shooting positions photographers assume in order to capture the perfect shot.

Here’s the product description found on the page:

We don’t take ourselves too seriously around here… occasionally we seem to find ourselves in embarrassing positions with our tripods, so we thought it best to consult the hallowed ancient tome of the Camera Sutra and make a t-shirt out of it. The shirt is 100% cotton Unisex from American Apparel.


The shirts sell for $20 each. Over on over to Ratcliff’s store if you’d like to pick one up for yourself.

Camera Sutra T-Shirt [Stuck in Customs via DIYPhotography]

  • Michael

    Has anyone ever seen someone do ‘the underexposed’ before? I’m seriously failing to envision a scenario one would use that.

  • Mike

    Want an upside down photo but too lazy to change the grip?

    I’ll try that next time I’m in a crowded area. Free mental health care here I come!
    For bonus points, change distance to subject while in this position.

  • KimClune

    When you don’t have a tripod and need to steady your long lens? I’m pretty sure I’ll have to try that in a pinch, now that I know about it.

  • Asathoth

    The “asian” position is missing.

  • Burnin Biomass

    The White Balance and I go way back.

  • Jake

    I’m sorry, but every time I see the word “scissoring,” I think “Scissor me, Xerxes!”


  • Michael

    Take up a stance like you’re firing a rifle and you’d be significantly more stable.

  • sanjeev

    super like

  • RodL

    The underexposed position would be useful when photographing large meteorite impacts as you would only have enough time to put your head between your legs and kiss your arse goodby and as you are already half way there; just press the shutter button and WHOOSH its all over.

  • Lens Driver

    When you are literally between a rock and a hard place and that is the only way to get the shot with the proper lighting.

  • Cody Ash

    when shooting trolls under a bridge, I find myself using this position.

  • Juhele

    It is a pity, that he used low contrast gray-scales on gray. Using some colors or more contrast combination would be IMHO better.

  • ronbailey

    “HDR” and “photographer” are mutually exclusive terms.

  • TedCrunch

    I would have to be well-paid to wear such a dumb-ass T shirt.

  • Mel Fairfeather

    It could also be called “too old to squat” and hey, it happens.