Do you remember the 60's when only professional photographers and
those with single lens reflex cameras who pretended they were like
pros would in a crowd raise the camera over their heads and shoot
Now everyone does.
Done it since working on yearbook in high school. Sometimes it is the
only way to get the shot. Works best with wide angle lens, obviously,
but with practice you can even do it with a short telephoto.
I'm a competitive pistol shooter and sometimes go to the plinking range to
practice "hip-shooting" -i.e., holding the gun near my waist and shooting
at a target on the ground just based on pointing with my hand-- no aiming
with the sights.
I've actually gotten quite good at it-- good muscle feedback and
proprioceptive senses I guess, and can consistently hit frozen juice can
sized target at 8-10 yards. That skill generalized to pointing a camera from
over my head-- I can generally frame just what I want and hit the shutter
Yeah, I'm on a project where we have to take pictures in the ware house of a
electric power plant, and sometimes there is no way to get behind the motors
up on the racks, so I'm getting pretty good at reaching around them and
judging where to hold the camera.
Using that technique, I have taken a few, successful shots that I would
have otherwise missed.
Today, with top-of-the-line, point-and-shoot digital cameras with tilt
and swivel LCD displays, it is a much easier practice.
If one really wishes to look like a pro, they must have TWO SLR bodies
hanging from their neck and one must have a HUGE lens. BTDT.
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