Do you take your vertical shots with underhand or overhand?

How do you shoot vertical shots?


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zoossh

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Without a vertical grip, do you place your hand on the top or bottom of the camera body?

sorry, i do not know the technical terminology for the holding techniques and call them overhand or underhand, which may not be correct. do teach me if you know the right jargon.

what i mean by overhand, is like what is depicted in my shadow as below.



some has said that it is better to hold it underhand, as it gives more stability, but i find it awkward and unnatural to tug in my arm, so i do it the overhand method.
 

flipfreak

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interesting thread. i have seen more girls using the tuck in arm method. seems to be subconscious thing. the girls i know shoot tat way. only problem is that the pictures end up in the wrong orientation and u got rotate it back. :D
 

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Hi zoosh,

That's a good question!! I'd be interested to know the consensus as well.
Instinctively I shoot overhand, but I saw a someone shoot underhand once and after trying it I felt it did give more stability, at the expense of a bit more discomfort and awkwardness.

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zoossh

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interesting thread. i have seen more girls using the tuck in arm method. seems to be subconscious thing. the girls i know shoot tat way. only problem is that the pictures end up in the wrong orientation and u got rotate it back. :D
em. interesting. i thought it will get into the way if they do tuck in method.... but probably less ugly in posture
 

flipfreak

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em. interesting. i thought it will get into the way if they do tuck in method.... but probably less ugly in posture
especially if they didnt shave and wear sleeveless. :bsmilie:

i find the biggest bother with that grip is adjusting the focal length cos my hands are big. if i put them close together, it is hard to adjust.
 

Randius

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I have always shot using overhand grip after selling my battery grip. I first tried the underhand grip after I chanced upon an article debating on the usefulness of the battery grip and the TS mentioned he using the underhand grip all the time. I gave it a try and found it to be more comfortable and natural than overhand grip.
 

Scars

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never try over hand before, using under hand as it comes naturally when I take vertical shots, but after reading this I will try overhand to day,;)
 

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especially if they didnt shave and wear sleeveless. :bsmilie:
Haha, nice one~ :bsmilie:

Back to the topic, even when i am using a grip, i still shoot "overhand" if i want to make a quick shot. Also partly because i use hand strap instead of neck strap. :)
 

David Chin

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I find the underhand method awkward. From the day I first used an SLR, I have been using the overhand method and I actually prefer it over the battery grip when taking vertical shots.
 

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my use of overhand or underhand depends on which feels more stable at the time, and on the position of the flash - makes a difference especially with bounce flash.
 

zac08

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Have tried both and I still prefer the overhand style...
 

blazer_workz

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IIRC..i've read somewhere..either the web or user manual..the proper way of holding should be overhand..but who cares as long u r comfortable and can hold steadily..and certain situations u need different holding methods for instance bouncing ur flash off a reflector and the reflector is on ur right..
 

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i choose depending on the mood, but i agree that underhand gives more stability.

however, i think we naturally use the overhand because we see people do it, and it does gives more freedom. one more point is that, when you have it on a tripod, you want the shutter to be accessible, and you tend to let it go vertical with the shutter on top- hence an 'overhand' orientation of the camera.
 

SolBadGuy

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My S3 Pro has a built in vertical grip but without the command dials. So when I need to adjust the exposure when shooting portrait orientation, I naturally shoot overhand instead. However, when using my FZ20 prosumer, I prefer to shoot underhand most of the time. Used to it since that was how I used to always shoot when using my prosumer last time.
 

schon

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i sandwich the camera in my palms with my right hand supporting the base of the camera and the left hand both for shutter release and lens support. :sweat:
 

SolBadGuy

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i sandwich the camera in my palms with my right hand supporting the base of the camera and the left hand both for shutter release and lens support. :sweat:
Wah... :thumbsup: never see before anyone in that action though.. :sweatsm:
 

giantcanopy

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i sandwich the camera in my palms with my right hand supporting the base of the camera and the left hand both for shutter release and lens support. :sweat:
I also shoot overhand. I do try that when i feel abit shack out
:)

Ryan
 

NoMoney

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I shoot overhand. Just feel not feel uncomfortable with underhand :D

That's only only my personal view bah.
 

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