Forearm Camera Support

Recently I visited the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory to test out some Kenko DG Extension Tubes. I mounted the extension tubes and a M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens on my Olympus OM-D E-M1X. At times, this high magnification gear combination required some additional hand-holding support. I had the opportunity to use my forearm camera support technique during this photo session. One of our readers, Ray Miller, joined me at the facility and took a photo to help document this camera technique.

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The forearm camera support technique is quite simple as you can see in Ray’s photograph above. You use your left hand to firmly grip a railing, branch or some other solid item. By bringing your left arm across your body you can create a good support surface for the lens of your camera. You also need to bring the camera up tight against your eyebrow and keep your right elbow tucked up against your rib cage. These three points of support work in combination to provide stability to your camera.

This technique is helpful whenever you are photographing hand-held and you want some added support to steady your camera.

I thought readers may like to see a few of the butterfly images that I captured using this technique.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro, with 16 mm Kenko extension tube, f/8, 1/320, ISO-6400, Hand-held Hi Res Mode,subject distance 250 mm
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro, with 16 mm Kenko extension tube, f/8, 1/200, ISO-6400, subject distance 245 mm
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro, with 16 mm and 10 mm Kenko extension tubes, Hand-held Hi Res Mode, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-5000, subject distance 260 mm

Technical Note:
All photographs in this article were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. The second butterfly image was slightly cropped. The others are displayed as 100% captures without any cropping.

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