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07-02-2008, 08:26 AM
(Hey guys - someone had seen me post this on Flickr and asked me to post it here, so here you have it...)

Hey guys -
I think I've mentioned in some previous threads using your strap as a means of support while you're shooting. During the last Flyball tournament we shot, I had my wife shoot some photos of me using these techniques.

I shoot with a tight strap setup that allows me to use it as a brace, similar to how a marksman will use a rifle's strap to steady his rifle. The strap is a quick-release Tamrac strap attached to the top left strap point and the bottom mount point that would be on the portrait-grip side of the camera.This technique greatly minimizes handshake when used effectively.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3180/2630023510_1307f751ac_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sambennett/2630023510/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3099/2630023396_c21d4bdab0_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sambennett/2630023396/)

Be careful to not have the strap <i>too</i> tight, or become too tense when holding in this position since, as with rifles, too much tension will have the reverse effect and can actually cause <i>more</i> handshake.

The big caveat to this technique is that it makes it difficult to easily go from landscape to portrait orientation. The nature of what I normally shoot means this is not much of a problem. If I know I will be shooting a series of portrait orientation stuff I'll switch to the following position which requires taking the camera/strap off, and repositioning so the strap is behind my right arm.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3063/2630023614_edb369ee66_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sambennett/2630023614/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3180/2630023718_b363819103_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sambennett/2630023718/)

Anyway, thought someone might find this helpful. Comes in very handy in situations with long focal lengths and low shutter speeds and a tripod/monopod would be awkward.

If anyone else has any other strap techniques, feel free to share them here...

07-02-2008, 08:45 AM
Nice! Too bad I don't have a portrait mounting point on my 450D :( just the top two

I do really like your pinky/thumb placement in the last, portrait shooting style. I need to try that. Your hand is like a mini upside down tripod for the camera.

07-02-2008, 10:41 AM
why no NSOP strap?!??!?

07-02-2008, 12:14 PM

cool dude, thanks for the pics and writeup!

07-02-2008, 01:27 PM
that was me on flickr (jay1441), just happened to notice it over there.

07-02-2008, 03:19 PM
Nice write up and pics sam (and wife), Thanks!

the super ghetto string from a bolt in your tripod socket actually works too if you don't care how you look and want another option.

07-02-2008, 04:00 PM
I can't imagine running around a Flyball tournament with a ****ing string hanging behind me. :lol: I would be very surprised if that approach worked any better than this.

07-02-2008, 04:24 PM
yeah, no kidding, I'm saying for other people not doing flyball. Your technique is certainly the better for what you're doing. I just actually tried the string once and was surprised at how well it did work. But it's an accident looking to happen dragging it around all the time.

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07-02-2008, 04:47 PM
I've been meaning to test out that DIY stabilizer.