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Old Mar 11, 2007, 6:34 PM   #1
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I found if I leave the camera off then I can use the LCD screen as a mirror and can better judge what technique I need to use to hold the camera and depress the shutter button without shaking the digital camera. If I shake the camera depressing the shutter while looking at a reflected image of myself it is immediately noticeable. I've never been very good at that to begin with. I readjusted how I held my fingers on my Dimage X1 with a little practice and am getting better shots now.
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Old Mar 11, 2007, 8:58 PM   #2
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Holding a point & shoot camera at arm's length and using the LCD to compose may be a result of poor viewfinder design or convenience however it isn't a very stable way to hold the camera by any means. This pose may work for smaller cameras but as the camera gets heavier it becomes more difficult to stay stable. Bracing the camera against your forehead to squint through the viewfinder does introduce another point of stability along with keeping your elbows down and braced against your body.
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Old Mar 12, 2007, 7:08 PM   #3
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Amen, Bob.
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What do you do with a camera that has no viewfinder?

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That's part of my selection criteria, no eyelevel finder, optical or electronic, no purchase.
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Old Mar 13, 2007, 11:51 PM   #6
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dichro1 wrote:
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What do you do with a camera that has no viewfinder?
Here are some practical suggestions:

1. Wear a miner's headlamp. You can press the camera against the lamp to stabilize it and you will have some distance between the LCD and your eyes. Or, you can use the lamp as an additional light source so you can use faster shutter speeds.

2. Attach a pair of laser pointers to your camera. Compose the shot in the LCD and note where the laser points end up. Press the camera against your chest and aim. Be careful when taking portraits.

3. Saw the end off a hunting rifle. Affix the camera to the top of the end of the rifle. If a shutter release cable is available, plug it into the camera and place the shutter button behind the rifle's trigger. Aim down the barrel and squeeze the trigger.

4. Get a better camera.


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Old Mar 21, 2007, 4:40 AM   #7
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Bracing the camera against your forehead to squint through the viewfinder does introduce another point of stability along with keeping your elbows down and braced against your body.
Before digital cams and LCD screens came on the scene, this was the traditional way of holding an analog/flim camera for best stability.

This is how my father taught me to shoot.

Still works today with digi cams with a viewfinder. And is still my preferred way to shoot also.

I've gotten shake-free results shooting at 50X (optical plus digital), handheld.
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