Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Da Grip: Courtesy of Joe McNally

If you follow me on Twitter you got a heads up about this post already. I am in the process of reading "The Hotshoe Diaries" by Joe McNally. The book is great and so far it has given me a lot of things to think about and ideas for stuff to try, but when I ran across this technique it was on the level of epiphany. I wanted, no needed to tell someone about it. Unfortunatly for me, all of my friends just think I am slightly strange when I get this excited over holding a camera and give me the smile you get when someone is backing slowly away hoping that you are not about to loose it. "Isn't she so sweet when she gets all crazy about silly camera stuff, bless her heart.."

Anyway, first it was nice to know that I am not the only one who is right handed and left eyed. I feel more normal already. The technique does mean that you will need to use your left eye, but it is easy after you practice it a few times. Playing with this in my living room the other day I got a tack sharp picture of my lovely cat Lily with the 50mm at 1.8 and hand held at 1/6th of a second. It is amazing. You can adapt the grip to a vertical hold too, if you just grab your right wrist with your left hand while keeping the elbow tight to the chest. I thought about recreating this myself, but why bother when Joe does it so well? Check it out here.

Try to keep dry and have a good Wednesday!

1 comment:

Helena said...

Hey - I'm left eyed too!! Who knew?!!