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As much as I try not to, I still tilt the camera a little when shooting both portrait and landscape. Is there anything on the market to help prevent me doing this (short of taping a four foot level on my camera)?.

Thanks, jf..

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Gandalf_42024 wrote:.

As much as I try not to, I still tilt the camera a little whenshooting both portrait and landscape. Is there anything on themarket to help prevent me doing this (short of taping a four footlevel on my camera)?.

Thanks, jf.

Many compact camera's have a grid overlay to help you compose and line up/level your shots..

With SLR's, you can get a little bubble level that attaches to the hot shoe. Some have interchangeable focus screens which may help..

'I reject your reality and substitute my own' -Adam Savage..

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I've seen hot-shoe mounted mini-levels, but then I guess that would only help for a tripod mounted shot? Assuming you're having trouble with camera being level while looking through the viewfinder, correct?JonGive me something to shoot..

Comment #2

My Panasonix LX2 has the option to display a grid and I use it quite often because I also have difficulty getting perfectly level shots..

In addition to using the grid I tend to shoot just a touch wider so I can afford to straigten a shot without loosing anything important...

Comment #3

Yes, while looking through the view finders of my Canon slr's...

Comment #4

Some Canon slrs have interchangeable screens; there is one with a grid which I use to try to keep level.Bertie..

Comment #5

... there is only one answer. Practice! You'll learn not to tilt the camera, but that comes with practice. Lots of it, if you are a natural tilter .

To improve your keeper ratio, STOP before taking the picture and check if the image is level. You can use the focus points to help you. Do that until it becomes automatic. Also look for "helpers" in the scene. The horizon line, a vertical pole, whatever..

/d/n.

Gandalf_42024 wrote:.

As much as I try not to, I still tilt the camera a little whenshooting both portrait and landscape. Is there anything on themarket to help prevent me doing this (short of taping a four footlevel on my camera)?.

Thanks, jf..

Comment #6

You got the best answers already..

If you always tilt in the same direction, then perhaps you need to get one shoe built up? .

A monopod helps a lot, but you prolly don't want to carry one all the time. But it's better than walking around with one thick shoe!.

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Chuxter wrote:.

You got the best answers already..

If you always tilt in the same direction, then perhaps you need toget one shoe built up? .

A monopod helps a lot, but you prolly don't want to carry one all thetime. But it's better than walking around with one thick shoe!.

When I was a younger photographer, my boss at that time couldn't hold a camera level to save his life, poor bloke! We could always recognise his work going through the darkrooms.......

He didin't let it interfere with success, though. He went on to become President of The British Institute of Professional Photography.....

(mind... you don't get to do much shooting as President... more of a ceremonial role... tee hee!)Regards,Baz..

Comment #8

Well, at least it's easy to correct in software but then cropping back to a rectangle means a loss of pixels..

BTW, beware of those little bubble things in hotshoes as some cameras have a microswitch there for the flash that makes the camera fire away at a set shutter speed like (say) 1/60th, which can be a pita when/if you realise later on..

Regards, avid..

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