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Old 20-03-2007, 17:18   #1 (permalink)
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Does it matter which way you rotate the camera?

Taking Portrait (vertical, not horizontal "landscape") shots, are there any pros or cons to which way you rotate the camera? I'm new at dSLR photography, and I'd like to start as many good habits as I can while I'm still learning everything.
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Old 20-03-2007, 17:36   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Does it matter which way you rotate the camera?

hmmmmm i dont know and i think its a very good question............. if im doing a portrait mode on the tripod it turns one way but if im hand holding it I turn it the other!

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Old 20-03-2007, 17:57   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Does it matter which way you rotate the camera?

Wow. I asked the same question at one other place and I got quite a detailed reply!

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Re: Does it matter which way you rotate the camera?

Well...most pro dSLRs like the Nikon D2x and the Canon 1DMkII etc, basically all the ones that have built in shutter releases for vertical, have them so you turn the camera downwards to your left, with the second shutter button on the bottom right, (from behind the camera, in shooting mode). Yeah I think it's really choice unless you are given a second button to press
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Re: Does it matter which way you rotate the camera?

Classically with an SLR it was shutter release uppermost because most people are "left eyed" and the left hand supported the lens (possibly more important with long toms). But whatever is comfortable and works for you is probably more important than anything.
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Re: Does it matter which way you rotate the camera?

the recommended way is to keep your elbows near to your chest - so basically if right handed spin the camera clockwise,. the theory is you can brace your elbows easier and reduce shake or something,.

I tend to do whichever comes easier

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Re: Does it matter which way you rotate the camera?

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the recommended way is to keep your elbows near to your chest - so basically if right handed spin the camera clockwise,. the theory is you can brace your elbows easier and reduce shake or something,.
Never seen that recommended and been to a fair few master classes, never seen a pro rotate an SLR any way other than anti clockwise. As I said it's almost certainly what suits and I may way be well off but never seen that recommended.
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Re: Does it matter which way you rotate the camera?

def saw it somewhere,. still interested in peteer01s response on another forum wonder what it said

there's another technique which includes bracing of the elbows but that is also explained elsewhere..
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Re: Does it matter which way you rotate the camera?

I am left handed but I defy anyone to fire the shutter with the left hand naturally as most if not all of the shutter release on SLR's are on the RHS of the camera body.
So I use the left eye ,right finger shutter release and for portrait I rotate the camera body clockwise,this naturally keeps your right arm supported against your body. Turning the camera body 90 degrees ACW means that your elbow is "flapping in the breeze"
Thats my twaddle advice do what feels comfortable and gives you the less camera shake.
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