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Photography Basics: How to Hold your DSLR

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Computer programmer, entrepreneur, and business executive Craig C. Jensen serves as founder and chair of Condusiv Technologies Corporation (formerly Diskeeper Corporation). Craig Jensen authored the bestselling defragmentation software Diskeeper in 1986. He enjoys photography in his spare time.

It can feel awkward to hold a DSLR when you’re first starting out. Rest the lens in your left hand, with your right hand gripping the side of the camera and your index finger on the shutter control. This position allows easy access to both the back panel and the shutter button and makes for quick adjustments to the lens for focus. Press the viewfinder to your eyebrow to view subjects and steady the camera.

Aim to minimize movement while shooting. Keep your legs in a wide stance with knees slightly bent, bringing one foot forward if you are leaning into a shot. Relax your elbows and tuck them into your body. You may find leaning onto a table with your elbows or against a wall will be helpful to reduce motion. When kneeling, bring one knee up in front and rest an elbow on your knee for more stability. Finally, breathe out when taking photos, rather than in or holding your breath. A controlled exhalation equals less movement and a better shot.

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Craig Jensen

The founder of Condusiv Technologies Corporation (www.condusiv.com), formerly Diskeeper Corporation, Craig Jensen leverages his expertise in computer programming to help customers accelerate performance of Microsoft Windows servers.

Aside from his career, Craig Jensen (www.craigjensen.com) enjoys skiing. Though he rarely competes, he finds skiing through the trees high in the mountains to be an activity that is both relaxing and exhilarating. “Whether cruising a glade or dropping into a chute,” he says, “I find myself 100% in the moment and hyper-aware of the world around me.”

Craig recommends skiing to one and all. As the great ski-filmmaker Warren Miller says about going skiing, “If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”