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Did you know? Cameras are made for right-handed people.

Right-handed people like myself may have never even thought about what it’s like for a left-handed person to use a camera. But look around. When was the last time you saw a camera with the shutter button on the left? Most of the controls are on the right side. Think about what it would be like. Imagine cradling the camera and lens with the other hand. It’s awkward just to think about it. And yet, for left-handed folks, it’s a fact of life.

You will find no left-handed cameras from Nikon or Canon except possibly the mythical left-handed F100. I suppose a lefty could turn the camera over and operate it with his left thumb, but oh, the indignity! And don’t even think about trying to use an on-camera flash that way. Choices are limited, to say the least.

It’s a right-handed world.

So, to all of you left-handed photographers out there: I admire your grit, your determination in the face of adversity. It’s one more obstacle to be overcome in the making of a beautiful image. One more arrow to suffer in the pursuit of your craft. Lefty photographers, I salute you.

…even though you’re a little weird. ;)

John Watson

John is the original founder of Photodoto, but after running it for 4 years he had to focus on different things. If you're interested in what John has been up to recently, you can check is personal blog or browse his photo blog.
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