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Clockwise, left hand up 35 27.34%
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Old 02-02-2019   #1
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vertical shooting: which hand up?

I know, it is a strange questions from somebody who is shooting since many decades, but after a discussion with a friend I'm simply curious to know what other are doing:

When shooting vertical do you rotate your camera clockwise (left hand up) or counterclockwise (right hand up) ?
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I rotate it to have camera on my forehead.
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I am a lefty, which is why I shoot counter clockwise.
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I am a “righty” for my hands and “lefty” for my legs/feet!
For varticals I rotate the camera counterclockwise. I get around 40 % of the time vertical images.
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But do you finger your button, or thumb it?
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Assuming we're talking about the right arm/forearm complex, it would be easier anatomically to perform pronation than full supination. The later requires more spinal involvement.

But the real world scenario always changes.
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I wonder if we can dig a little deeper? I can understand people using their right eye would put their right hand up, and the left hand for left eyed folk. I can’t see how it would be comfortable to do it the other way, but I’m only me. So, is anyone putting the opposite hand up to the eye they use?
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Whichever feels best at the time.
Yep, same goes for me.

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I wonder if we can dig a little deeper? I can understand people using their right eye would put their right hand up, and the left hand for left eyed folk. I canít see how it would be comfortable to do it the other way, but Iím only me. So, is anyone putting the opposite hand up to the eye they use?
Interesting point: actually sometimes I found myself shooting with left hand up and looking through the viewfinder with my left eye, when I usually look with my right eye.
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Ccw, right hand up. No need to change grip.

Speaking of horizontal/vertical, it seems to me that among newer photographers, they tend to shhot far more horizontals than verticals.
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Speaking of horizontal/vertical, it seems to me that among newer photographers, they tend to shhot far more horizontals than verticals.
Yes. The new generation is used to TV screens, movies screens, computer screens and this makes (just my opinion of course) more spontaneous to shoot in the same way. Me too, even if no more young I'm more inclined shoot horizontally and sometimes I have to "force" myself to shoot vertically. I need more vertical exercise

The similarity horizontal photographs and TV or movies was also brought up by Ralph Gibson in a recent interview.

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Left hand up, thumb on the shutter release.
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I wonder if we can dig a little deeper? I can understand people using their right eye would put their right hand up, and the left hand for left eyed folk. I can’t see how it would be comfortable to do it the other way, but I’m only me. So, is anyone putting the opposite hand up to the eye they use?
I think this is probably the reason behind the choice people make. "Which eye dominant?" is the key, not right vs. left handed.
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Right hand up. I use my right eye. Exceptions are when there is no space for my right elbow, like when I'm leaning against something or it's crowded, or when pushiing the camera against something to steady it requires this orientation.
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Yes. The new generation is used to TV screens, movies screens, computer screens and this makes (just my opinion of course) more spontaneous to shoot in the same way. Me too, even if no more young I'm more inclined shoot horizontally and sometimes I have to "force" myself to shoot vertically. I need more vertical exercise

The similarity horizontal photographs and TV or movies was also brought up by Ralph Gibson in a recent interview.

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Hmm but most people are used to shooting vertically because phones can be held more easily that way... which leads to the infuriating inflation of videos in vertical format, probably the majority of phone videos on youtube etc.. Does that really not translate into still shooting?
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I'm very left eye dominant and I am ambidextrous but write with my right hand primarily. Cameras are always designed with controls at the right hand. I always rotate the camera so it is resting on my forehead. This method is inherently a little more stable than using the right hand in the clockwise rotation which causes the wrist to lose a lot of its control and stability.
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Old 02-02-2019   #19
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It depends !

I rotate nothing when shooting square images.
I rotate the film back when shooting my RB67.
I rotate the film back when shooting my 4x5 inch view camera.
I rotate counterclockwise (right hand up) when shooting rectangular images with my small format cameras.
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But do you finger your button, or thumb it?
Never use the thumb
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Very left eye dominate, shoot with right hand up ALWAYS...I guess I get this from starting out with film and developing my own prints...it's easier to work with negs that flow in the same pattern...and I rarely use the extra shutter button that some newer bodies have...I prefer to keep it turned off due to accidental firing...
It irks me to watch someone shoot and flip their camera anywhich way...my own daughter does this...
Kids with their phones probably have a set pattern due to shutter button location and their dexterity...

Edit: Never use thumb...it doesn't feel right...index finger always...
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Neither hand up. Right hand under the body and fire the shutter with right thumb. Left hand cradles the lens to focus. Both elbows tucked in close to the body for stability.
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Yes. The new generation is used to TV screens, movies screens, computer screens and this makes (just my opinion of course) more spontaneous to shoot in the same way. Me too, even if no more young I'm more inclined shoot horizontally and sometimes I have to "force" myself to shoot vertically. I need more vertical exercise

The similarity horizontal photographs and TV or movies was also brought up by Ralph Gibson in a recent interview.

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Way back when, I fancied magazine covers. Not big mass market publications, of course, but special interest mags where an unknown photographer might be accepted. I shot horizontals and verticals for potential covers almost 1:1. I guess I still have the habit.
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I do a lot of vertical shooting with the right hand up but if it looks like the picture is better with left hand up I do it that way. No problem either way.
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For me, it's right hand/shuter button side up.

I'm trying to get out of the habit of having my elbow sticking out like a sore thumb. I'm also trying to get into the habit of having my hand around the front of the camera and pressing the button with my second finger. This a little awkward, but does seem to offer a bit more support.
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If I'm using the typical P&S camera, in order to keep the flash higher than the lens, I have to shoot left hand up. I am right eyed. When using an RF or SLR I still shoot left hand up most off the time, but I may occasionally shoot the other way. Why? I don't know!
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Also the size and position of the viewfinder plays a role; anyone who has ever tried a camera with its viewfinder on the extreme right hand side (Belmira, Baldamatic II and III, e.g.) will agree that one sometimes has to be inventive

Regarding Barnack-style cameras, see here:

http://jay.fedka.com/index_files/Page356.htm óó 4. HOLDING THE CAMERA.
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Ugh, I confused myself and selected the wrong option. I actually shoot verticals with my right hand on top.
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As a left eye shooter, I generally do a CCW rotation with right hand up, and has been mentioned above, resting camera on forehead helps. Also, shooting with handgrip helps to stabilize too. Sometimes I’ll rotate with left hand up, for elbow space reasons, etc.
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Ugh, I confused myself and selected the wrong option. I actually shoot verticals with my right hand on top.
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Right hand on top, always.

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I very seldom do vertical format, but when I do it's usually left hand up, left eye on the viewfinder, right hand on the shutter, which sometimes can be a bit awkward.
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I voted sometimes but it really depends on wether I’m shooting a slr or a rangefinder. If you look at j. scooter’s avatar on page 1 of how he’s holding his rangefinder that’s how I prefer to hold mine.
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if portrait==True:
if directionalLighting.azimuth<=160 or directionalLighting.elevation>=80:
cameraRotate(90)
useEye = "Left"

else:
cameraRotate(-90)
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I switch left and right eyes a lot, but always right hand up, finger on the button.
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For mw, the camera is steadiest with elbow down and resting on my chest, clockwise rotation, thumb on shutter release.
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Neither - when I use my Mamiya6 there is never a need to rotate the camera, which is one of the many reasons why I love shooting with it. Otherwise with less enlightened cameras, left hand up.
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You missed one other option. For those of us who use a camera with a built-in vertical grip, you just keep using the camera normally. The camera is just reoriented in your hands.
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Neither hand up. Right hand under the body and fire the shutter with right thumb. Left hand cradles the lens to focus. Both elbows tucked in close to the body for stability.
This! Well, except for the thumb...
I shoot about 90% of my photos in vertical format (and it has nothing to do with phones). Itís just how I see things. For me, shooting right hand up is simply awkward and wasteful. It requires twice as much physical effort to get the camera to your eye. Iím right handed and right eye dominant. Shooting with the shutter button in lower position is both easier, more stable, and stealthier.
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You missed one other option. For those of us who use a camera with a built-in vertical grip, you just keep using the camera normally. The camera is just reoriented in your hands.
The pro DSLRs are great in this way. Even though my D4 is a bit of a bus it makes vertical shooting a breeze.
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