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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    33 Comments

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    JohnW51
    JohnW51

    5 years ago

    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.

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    JohnW51
    JohnW51

    5 years ago

    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.

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    JohnW51
    JohnW51

    5 years ago

    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.

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    5 years ago

    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...)

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    rahulan.sreedharan
    rahulan.sreedharan

    6 years ago

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

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

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    vincent7520
    vincent7520

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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 ? ;)))

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    guitarman63mm
    guitarman63mm

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    Photo on 2010-04-28 at 15.06.jpg
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    G13
    G13

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    bertus52x11
    bertus52x11

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    guitarman63mm
    guitarman63mm

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    mg0930mg
    mg0930mg

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    The aftermarket batteries won't last as long, or be as good as the official batteries.

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    guitarman63mm
    guitarman63mm

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    mg0930mg
    mg0930mg

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    flio191
    flio191

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

     Yeah I've got an N80 (film) and it's the same thing, holds 4 AA batteries.

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    hynee
    hynee

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    palespirit
    palespirit

    8 years ago on Introduction

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

    This is very clever- Props!

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    syco123
    syco123

    9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    trevory
    trevory

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    jeff-o
    jeff-o

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.)