Teachable Moment - 3 Better Ways to Hold Your DSLR Camera


How you hold your camera might be something you give very little thought to but in this week’s Teachable Moment I’m taking a very practical look at my top 3 better ways to hold your camera. Check out the 1 minute video below or read the article to find out more…


Hanging the camera around your neck is a go-to for many people. But as your camera gear gets upgraded over time, suddenly you might find yourself with 5kg or more dangling from your neck. That’s not good for you! Try hanging the camera from your right shoulder instead. It’s physically easier and the camera itself will naturally sit within reach of your hand. 


Now the camera is on your shoulder it’s easier to carry but it might also be in harms way as it’s easy to bash the camera against a door frame, a wall, a car or even another person. Try turning the camera so the lens is pointing in towards you rather than away from you. It naturally fits around the small of your back and now your fancy lens isn’t going to be a hazard. 


Cameras can be heavy and expensive - exactly the kind of thing you don’t want to drop! When I get the camera in my hand I wrap the neck strap....I mean, the shoulder strap!...around my wrist. This means that even if the camera does slip out of my hand for some reason, it will naturally snag on my wrist and be spared a nasty bump on the ground. 

When you hold the camera, your right hand naturally goes on the chunky grip. I see so many people placing their left hand to the side of the lens but it’s better to place your left hand under the lens. This means you’ll take much of the weight of the camera in your left hand, saving your right wrist from getting strained. Putting your left hand under the lens also places some buttons, dials and switches within easy reach of the fingers of your left hand.



  • Hang the camera on your shoulder, tucking it behind your back

  • Wrap the strap around your wrist

  • Place your left hand under the lens

It’s really frustrating, and potentially expensive, when you drop your camera. For me, these are the best ways to hold your camera which combine comfort, safety and ergonomics. Let me know what you think - especially about the video - in the comments below.

With gratitude…

Graham Dargie.