Sunday, April 5, 2009

There is no right way

Question: which way do you turn the camera when you're orienting for a portrait shot?

I used have the trigger button facing the sky, meaning I'd twist it 90 degrees counter-clockwise. But I read that it was wrong, because then your elbow would splay out, like a chicken wing, prone to being hit at the most inopportune time in a crowded area.

So I've been holding the camera with the trigger downwards, believing it was the correct thing to do, because one could tuck their elbow in, providing stability.

Then I picked up a photo magazine last night, and one of the articles was how to shoot steadily with minimal shake. Now they say to shoot with trigger pointing up.

It appears that I've been wrong. The D300 vertical grip indicates that it should also have trigger skyward, as that's how the grip was built.

I came to the conclusion that I don't think there's any real correct way. As long as one shoots in a manner that produces tack sharp pictures when needed, twist it however one likes.

That or put it on a tripod.

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