Take Photographs With Just Your Left Hand (dSLR Camera).

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Introduction: Take Photographs With Just Your Left Hand (dSLR Camera).


For Instructables you sometimes need your right hand in the picture to demonstrate a point. Photographing with your left hand is impossible: the grip of a SLR camera is on the right handside and so is the shutter button.
Turning your camera upside down will place the grip on the left side and now you can take pictures with your little finger. However, you will immediately notice that the ergonomics are wrong. The camera tends to slip out of your hands.

This little device can help you.

You need: an Aluminium strip of 100 x 25 x 2 mm.
Bend it at approximatey 30 mm form the end. Make a fairly large bend as your thumb has to fit in.
Drill a 6 mm hole on the other end of the strip and install it on your camera.


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    Easier way: Put camera on tripod or just set it on a stable surface and use the built-in self timer to trip the shutter. No special adapters or technique required AND your photos will be sharper. Tripping the shutter with the pinkie finger of your left hand has got to cause camera movement. At least I know it would for me.

    Easier way: Put camera on tripod or just set it on a stable surface and use the built-in self timer to trip the shutter. No special adapters or technique required AND your photos will be sharper. Tripping the shutter with the pinkie finger of your left hand has got to cause camera movement. At least I know it would for me.

    Easier way: Put camera on tripod or just set it on a stable surface and use the built-in self timer to trip the shutter. No special adapters or technique required AND your photos will be sharper. Tripping the shutter with the pinkie finger of your left hand has got to cause camera movement. At least I know it would for me.

    I wouldn't say impossible, I do it.

    I bring my left hand under the camera and press the shutter button. While this isn't very comfortable, It does pretty well until I build my own tripod (Because buying one is too expensive for me...)

    Kindly support this petition to Canon for design of left handed dslr cameras

    https://www.change.org/p/canon-inc-design-left-handed-cameras

    Great idea ! Nice simple job.
    Thumbs up !!!…
    Just a question : how can you tell that the right hand you see in the viewfinder is really yours ? ;)))

    I have a more permanent and expensive way...it's called a $70 battery grip.  My D90 grip has it's own button for shooting in portrait mode, and it seems to work fine.  The normal button is in the upper left side, and my index finger is covering the portrait button. It was quite stable.

    But great idea, especially in a pinch or on a budget.  I wish I'd thought of this before I had my grip!

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    Just hold your camera completely upside down in your left hand! it helps if you have a hand strap, but its very comfortable with a battery grip!

    I haven't seen this before (I have a D80). Does the grip contain additional batteries or is it just something ergonomical?

    I originally thought it was just to make it look like a D3 or something, but then I found out that it does hold two EN-el3e batteries, or 6 AAs. 

    http://www.amazon.com/Zeikos-ZE-NBG90-Battery-Power-Nikon/dp/B001G1ZPV6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1272496243&sr=8-1


    The one above is $60 and free shipping. Nikon's is $150.  It's a no-brainer to me.  I bought two aftermarket D80/D90 batteries for about $6 each, compared to the 'official' Nikon ones, which are $40.

    Not so. Just because Nikon plasters their name on a product doesn't make it good. They make good cameras and good glass, but Nikon accessories are incredibly overpriced. I've shot for 11 hours straight in Toronto with those two batteries (with many long exposures at night as well) and it never ran out (although I do keep the original Nikon battery in my case. I'm sure it's a perfectly fine battery. But when I can buy 8 of them for the same price? I don't think so.

    Most Often, one off-brand aftermarket battery will not last as long as the Nikon battery. Price has nothing to do with it. I'm sure the batteries you have work good, but an official nikon battery will last longer on time, and will usually have a longer warranty.

    Yeah except you're holding it with your right hand and the shot is reversed. Pro models (D3 etc) have a built in grip like this.

    It's moments like this when I LOVE being left-handed.

    This is very clever- Props!

    Just use the timer and hold the camera in other hand.

    Great idea, I prefer to use a tripod and set the timer but I can see where this would be great for locations or situations a tripod wouldn't work.

    Clever!  Up till now all my shots feature my left hand.  Maybe that will change in the future.  (Actually, they're exactly the same, only reversed.  LOL.)