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One of the most difficult techniques in wildlife photography, in my opinion, is handholding a super telephoto lens. I prefer to hand hold my 600mm f4 because I can get on my subjects much quicker and it’s a lot easier to carry around in remote locations. Stabilization is a must, and the two things I do to achieve maximum handheld stability are: 1) I place my forward hand in front of the mounting plate. This allows me to create a better balance point on the long end of the lens barrel. 2) I actually press my cheek and Orbicularis muscle against the eye piece to create back pressure to help stabilize the rear end of the camera. This body position is very similar to shouldering a gun and aiming at a target, only your facial features become the equivalent of your shoulder. pic: @brandonfienphoto .
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