How-To: Shoot Hand Held

Check out our tips for shooting handheld, in those situations where you don’t have your tripod handy. Enjoy your Labor Day, Stringrs!


At Stringr, we encourage you to shoot with a tripod, however on some shoots you may not have a tripod or cannot set up your shot, leaving you to shoot hand held. When you find yourself in this situation, there are a few tips and techniques that can help you capture steady shots.

One of the quickest ways to stabilize hand held shots is by positioning your body correctly. Start by standing with your legs shoulder width apart and slightly bending them. This gives your body a sturdy base and will absorb movements.

Another way to get smoother shots is by increasing contact points. Place one hand on the side and the other underneath your camera or lens if you are using a DSLR. If you have a strap on your camera, put it around your neck and pull it tight.  This grip limits horizontal and vertical shifts.

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