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How do you go portrait orientation, and which eye do you use?
Right hand down, left eye. 15%  15%  [ 3 ]
Right hand down, right eye. 10%  10%  [ 2 ]
Right hand up, left eye. 30%  30%  [ 6 ]
Right hand up, right eye. 45%  45%  [ 9 ]
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:16 pm 
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Following on from a comment by RexGig, I thought this is worthy of a poll.

The question is, is there a more popular way to go portrait orientation, and is that related to which eye you use? The method described in the Canon manuals shows someone holding their right hand up, whereas I found it more comfortable to go right hand down.

I'd like to add this is more for people who use un-gripped DSLRs or other cameras with viewfinders. If you use a grip, then imagine which was you would go if it wasn't present.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:53 pm 
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When I first started using a camera as a kid & until getting my own camera, I used to go right hand down & right eye. I think my Dad must have shot that way.

I can't remember exactly when I changed, but it was many years ago & probably after taking notice of pro togs? I now shoot right hand up & right eye.
It might also be to do with using longer lenses, as they aren't as comfortable to use holding them RH down.

I can't seem to use my left eye on the VF so well. Don't know if it's just a matter of practising, or whether we all just go with what is natural.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:09 pm 
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Though my left eye is dominant, I have learned to shoot with my right eye since Leica's are designed to be used that way (you can see beyond the frame of the viewfinder with your left eye that way). To keep my left eye free from obstructions, I have to go right hand up, but occasionally I'll go right hand down with left eye and use my right eye to scan the environment.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:55 am 
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I use left eye, right hand on grip and for portrait it goes up.
The left hand is for balancing the camera/lens with elbow tugged in as a brace.

But then I am left handed and left footed, but can do most things with with both hands reasonably well, ie use both for chopping food with knife or knocking in a nail with a hammer, I write right handed.

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Right hand down, left eye at viewfinder, is the most natural and comfortable portrait orientation, with a normal-sized DSLR, so that is how I answered the poll. I am left-eye dominant.

With a large "pro" DSLR, namely my 1D Mark II N, that has a integral vertical grip, I sometimes tilt the right side of the camera to the top, so my right hand holds the vertical grip, though this blocks my right eye's forward vision, which I do not like. I rarely shoot portrait orientation with this camera, anyway.

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I wonder if "handed-ness" makes a different, I am left handed and my wife is right handed and we tend to hold any handheld device or camera the opposite way to each other when using it in portrait orientation.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:48 pm 
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Some may recall I did a similar poll in the past, where I tried to relate the used eye with handedness. That was about 50%/50% for the eye and the L/R handed ratio was consistent with the population average.

To add it here would make a rather tricky table, and I'm not sure we have enough active visitors to get a reasonable sample.

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Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
... (you can see beyond the frame of the viewfinder with your left eye that way). To keep my left eye free from obstructions, I have to go right hand up, - Bjorn


As Bjorn says, I also try to keep both eyes open (right in the VF & left eye on the environment) but it takes some practice.

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Right eye, right hand up.

I'm left eye-dominant but since last year I've been shooting with my right eye on the VF with both eyes open as well, particularly with motorsports.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:28 am 
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I always use my left eye but I'm using a battery grip so my hand doesn't really move. But if I move it I move my hand up as it's the same position as when I use the battery grip. A photographer I know has a battery grip but only uses it for the battery life und moves the hand down in order to have the weight steady on her hand.

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I go right eye - right hand up. The only reason I think is because I got my 550D and a battery grip at the same time so when I'm shooting my 40D I keep the same orientation. All though, I have found shooting wearing my helmet, right hand up does get in the way and I have o swap to right hand down. Wish I had a battery grip for the 40D, with my narrow lens that I have with me I find my self shooting a lot more in portrait than landscape.

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Left eye (dominant eye), right hand up.

I'm naturally cack (left) handed, not that it seems to have any effect, but I do find using my left eye problematic as it seems to get in the way. Indeed, with my previous Pentax, I was always switching to live view with my nose whilst looking through the viewfinder. :oops:

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