Trips, Grips, & Holds

Mastering the Usage of Tripods and Camera Grips & Holds

As a photographer sharpens their skill of photography, they usually start to learn the best ways to handle their camera and their tripod. This is either done by habit, something that suits your methods, or simply by being taught. Every photographer is different and because of that, there’s many ways to hold and grip a camera for shooting. The same goes for using a tripod. So lets go down the trail of trips, grips, and holds.


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A tripod is a three-legged stand for a camera to keep it steady and in place. Tripods can be very helpful when taking photos that require precision and constant placing, when the camera itself is very heavy and becomes a burden, or when you need a photo with a low shutter-speed. When using a tripod, you can raise your camera and tilt it to the sides and front & back, but compared to hand-holding the camera you are limited in movement. Many professionals prefer holding their cameras when shooting, but it’s always good to posses a tripod if you take photos as a full hobby or profession.

Battery Grips

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To be honest, it took me a while to fully understand what a battery grip was (mainly because I called it camera grips at first). But now that I’ve gained knowledge, the name itself pretty much explains what a battery grip is. Battery grips are camera extensions attached to the bottom of a camera which stores an extra battery and can be used as an extra grip for photographers. To cater to photographers, the grip comes with an extra shutter and other buttons for different camera holds. And many photographers using heavier lens use the extra weight of the grip to balance the weight out. This accessory isn’t mandatory for amateurs nor professionals, but they’re very convenient for long shooting periods.

Camera Hold

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And then there’s camera holds, mistaken for camera grips (which we both now know aren’t the same thing). As stated before, every photographer is different, and camera holds aren’t an exception. That being said, there are right ways and wrong ways to hold a camera for shooting. To keep it brief, I’ll only cover the best ways to hold a camera when standing, sitting, and laying down. When standing up, it’s best to keep your elbows close and lean into the camera just a bit. It’s also best to hold the camera under the lens. When sitting, you should lift your legs up so you can rest your elbows and stabilize the camera. And if you have to lay down, keep your arms close together like the way you position your legs.

Hopefully these simple tips and information is helpful in the future. Or it can be a refreshing post about the knowledge you already possess. However, there’s much more to know about tripods, camera grips, and camera holds! For more information about trips, grips, and holds, check out these websites for each topic respectively! Enjoy