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Taking Pictures with ONE (left) Hand ► Solving for Paul de Gelder

Photo Moment - May 21, 2018

In Casey Neistat's 368 vlog on 5/19 he interviews Paul de Gelder, who mentions how difficult it is for him to operate a camera with only his LEFT hand. I have some ideas, and plan to share them live!

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I'm right-handed with my other hand being paralyzed. I want to take photo but I'm scares of dropping the camera, and my hand is very shaky.
dont be scared. :)
most cameras are built for use with the right hand anyways. also they come with a strap that goes around your neck so if you were to drop the camera it would be fine.
I would also recommend getting like a smaller one first.(i recently got a canon eos 100d and its quite small and in my opinion easy to use one handed)
and the shaky hand also shouldnt be a big problem unless youre doing low light photos where you have to have slow shutter speed and then i would recommend using a tripod anyways.
Ok you are a guiness
Nice sure like your chanel
Sell my fuji panasonic and canon gear to fund the 150-400mm and 12-100mm
Manual focus easy im old school
I have a 7.5mm laowa for low light
I have a 55mm f1.1 and om 135mm for portrait
I’ve got back into my photography, after a RTA in Dec my lower right arm and hand doesn’t work at all I’m looking at fly cam and also some of the videography equipment to adapt cages gambles etc so I’m thinking imagine a Mamiya RB67 with an adapted fly vest or equivalent? Any thoughts as I’m struggling
Sorry to hear that, man. This video is the extent of my experience with left hand shooting. As I said in this, I did this because I had an idea after seeing Casey's video. I never went any farther than that, though.
@PhotoJoseph ah don’t be sorry just a new chapter in my life I can’t work anymore so signed up for a uni degree in photography all exciting more times to come a lower arm and hand not working is a small price to pay for being alive .
Sad thing is company’s do not see much of a profit for disabled shooters it would be interesting to see if a fly cam vest and arm will work or adapt I mean it looks like an overkill but thinking of possibilities if I decide to buy a fly cam vest with an arm and it works with stills I will let you know and thank you for replying . Stay well Stay safe
Yeah keep me posted, and good luck with this new chapter in life!
@PhotoJoseph Thanks man listen if you come up with or see or find any solutions please drop a line keep up the good work on the channel .
Thank you sir... It's really great... Finally I found something which I was looking for. I have my right arm but I don't have that much strength on my fingers thanks to jaundice. I can easily lift any weight but I can't use a pencil to write, that's the problem. I love photography, even I want to buy a dslr too but I'm confused. I don't know I will be able to use it or not. Can you help me with ur suggestions?
Thanks a lot! Finally someone thought about people like me! I mean people who had a problem with the right hand. Your selection is not that “easy” but still better than nothing.
a shutter release cable could also be helpful
How so? That really would require an extra hand, no?
i was meaning if you had it mounted on the prosthetic arm you could then use a cable with your left hand. it would probably be more comfortable and less awkward then reaching around the entire camera body.
Oh I gottcha… yeah! I’m pretty sure he just went with the vertical release option.
I'm left handed photography
I want this camera i am very needy
Thank you... I’ve owned a DSLR camera for ages but haven’t really used it as I only have one arm (left) and found it so fiddly. I like the battery pack idea, I guess my only concern is weight. I don’t wear a prosthesis but I have wear and tear on my left arm..... still, I’ll give it a go.
Thanks again. Matina👏🏻👍
I would LOVE to hear if this works out for you!
I really needed this advice. I had a stroke and I can't use my right hand and I've been concerned about using my camera since it is designed for a right handed person. At least now I can try to use it until the right hand comes back. IF it comes back. Thank you again.
I'm sorry to hear about your situation but so glad I made this video and that it hopefully can help you! I wish you the best and a full recovery.
terrible-video:what if the personlost almost entire right arm?
Way to bring it down. I didn’t make this video for someone who lost their entire right arm, did I. This was extremely specific.
Hey I just broke my right hand and it has a POP on it do u know other solutions to this problem
What’s a POP? (And sorry about the hand)
Great video!! I have a paralyzed arm (right) but I want to take pictures. For now I have the unique left handed camera (Fujifilm instax square sq10) but it was an istant camera.
Could you recommend a camera in which I can use the accesories that you've spoken on the video?
The cameras I’m using are LUMIX; the GH5 and G9 both have the battery grip available ( and respectively), if you want to try the “upside down” shooting method.
Wow. ..... You just gave me hope on maby just maby i can continue taking photos after a car accident last year i got messed up in my left arm sholder and neck and im right handed so i cant hold my camera for more then maby 6 shots before the pain is to bad my left is fine. I will have to try to turn my camera will borrow a friends extra battery/ grip and cross my fingers. Thanks for the tips
Awesome!! Be sure to let me know how it works out. This is all theory until someone actually does it. Good luck!!
PhotoJoseph will do thats for sure 😀
This was really great. I know that part of your job is making these videos but this was very thoughtful. I'm a Lumix user and I find your videos very insightful. Keep up the good work.
What do you think? Any other ideas for Paul?
They aren't made anymore, but there is an old East German camera by the name of Exakta. In the great majority of the Exakta's, all of the major controls are on the left side. As it's an old, manual 35mm film camera, Paul would probably need help loading the film but that's the only issue I can think of.
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