Photographer Revolutionizes Technique by Holding Lens Wrong Way, Sparks Outrage and Confusion

Photographer Revolutionizes Technique by Holding Lens Wrong Way, Sparks Outrage and Confusion

Los Angeles, CA: In a bold move defying decades of established practice, local photographer Max Carter has turned the photography world upside down—literally—by opting to hold his camera lens over the top, instead of the traditional support from underneath. This unconventional technique has sparked a mixture of outrage, confusion, and reluctant admiration within the photography community.

"I was just looking for a new perspective," Carter explained, nonchalantly flipping his Canon EOS R5 over. "Everyone holds their lens from the bottom. I thought, 'Why not be different?' Plus, it's a great forearm workout."

Carter's unusual grip was first noticed during a beach photoshoot. Fellow photographers, initially thinking he was correcting a lens error, soon realized it was intentional. The scene quickly erupted into a mixture of gasps, scoffs, and a few intrigued murmurs.

Renowned photographer Linda Evans, present at the scene, commented: "I've seen many trends come and go, but this is absurd. How can you possibly stabilize the shot? It’s like he’s trying to make a smoothie with his camera!"

Online photography forums have been buzzing with debates over Carter's technique. Some traditionalists have called it a “reckless gimmick,” while a few avant-garde photographers have praised it as a “revolutionary approach challenging the norms.”

Carter's Instagram post, showcasing a beach sunset with the caption "Upside Down, Right Side Up," received a record number of comments. "Is this a new filter?" asked one confused follower. Another commented, "Innovative or insane? Hard to tell."

Photography instructor Kevin Smith weighed in: “While it's essential to explore new techniques, there's a reason we support lenses from underneath—it's about physics, balance, and reducing camera shake. But who knows, maybe Carter is onto something, or maybe he just likes living life on the edge, quite literally.”

Despite the controversy, Carter keeps his experimental spirit, vowing to shoot with the rear screen instead of the viewfinder at his next shoot. When Smith heard of this, all he could say was: "too far. It's just disrespectful."

In a recent development, a camera accessory company has hinted at designing a "Carter Grip" in honor of this unconventional method. Whether this will become a new trend or remain a quirky blip in photography history remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Carter continues to turn heads and lenses, one shot at a time.

Alex Cooke's picture

Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

Log in or register to post comments

checks calendar to see what month this is...

Most definitely December.

Yes, April 1st has arrived early.

Must be a slow day in the office.

Who cares how a photo is taken, the end result is what counts after all. (BTW i'm old school, i hold it the way "it should be held "... but still i think the end result should be the judge, not our personal preferences or prejudices)

What ever works, no one else's business.
I don't hold my lens correctly either due to damage done to arm and wrist from being in the Army.
I was in a rifle competition and someone who was smarter than me said I was holding the rifle incorrectly until my spotter showed my score compared to the expert's. They left me alone the rest of the competition.

Considering the society we live in, I'm not surprised. Now, if he was holding the camera and staring into the lens, I might have to comment. No...wait! Selfie! :-)

Are people really outraged about this?

Wait until they find out how I program my function buttons and user settings. I'll be run out of town!

Do I care how you hold a camera? Nope... Will I judge you for it? Totally... And is less stable and will create camera shake. I know people don't like this...but there actually is a right and wrong way to do things technically.

You sure you don't care? Cos it really sounds like you care.

This is a pretty useless post without a photograph of the grip. I understand that this is just talking about gripping the lens from the top instead of the bottom, but I (and others) occasionally turn my camera upside down to get better stability with the camera body against my forehead, it can give you another stop.

Does it really matter? As mentioned, the outcome is the goal. I used to hold the old Kodak Brownie camera on the sides and look at the viewfinder from the top. Still have good photos after 65 years.

Are we trying to be The Onion for photography? These kinda posts will lose credibility of the site. It's not even funny satire.

Honestly, who cares? Am I missing something?

He's just shooting video. Those handycam guys have been gripping lenses over the top for decades.

He got a lot of free publicity out of this didn’t he :)

Blasphemy and shame! This man will pay for his barbarism!

That was funny.

Nothing new, I have perfected the technique of holding my camera lens with my butt cheeks. No outrage, no confusion, but I do get comments like "what is that asshole doing?". Get over it.

The beautiful examples are perfect for Fstoppers stories.

I thought all Canon shooters do this LOL


Nice work, Alex. It's good to see you having some creative fun with your writing!

I read all 22 comments, and only 3 of the commenters "get" that this is just a humorous fictional satire piece.

To the other 19 of you - did you really think this was a serious article? Did you really think that a real human did this and that the article is a report about other people's reactions? Are y'all really that unaware?


I figured something was kinda fishy when I couldn't find a Max Carter photographer in Los Angeles. I was curious what his work looked like. Then, there's no other articles or forums regarding this topic.

Plus, the fact that totally fictional humorous articles just like this pop up here on Fstoppers regularly, if not frequently, is kinda a hint. Just can't believe that anyone actually believed this was a "real" article!

Did you really think all those replys were serious?

No, I think that a large percentage of them were serious, but by no means were all of them serious. There were a few who "got it", as evidenced by their tongue-in-cheek replies.

Shouldn't we be celebrating that he's using an actual camera rather than a smartphone? Can't we all just get along?

He probably shoots JPEGs too.

Uh...why is this here? I mean, I've been holding my camera that way since 1978.
If this is all it takes. Can I be the focus of an article too? smh

Really! This is new worthy

I am going to start holding my lens like I'm smoking a cigarette or flashing a peace sign. I might look ridiculous doing it, but hopefully I can get an article written about me that might lead to a book deal.

Well gee whiz... I hold my lenses with chopsticks, and Fstoppers never did a story on me...

Most of you people STILL can't tell when an article is satire. God this is depressing. It's a JOKE article guys. It's not serious.

I know, Chris ... I was almost in disbelief when I read comment after comment by people who seem to take this seriously, like it was a real event and a real story.

How in the world even one person could be so dense is beyond my comprehension, but for a dozen or more to be so thick-headed just makes me a bit depressed about the intellectual state of the online photography community as a whole.

Apparently some folks can't tell when comments are tongue in cheek, either.

Don't get your panties in a wad. I wasn't responding to your comment.

I don't understand you people. What difference does it make how you hold the camera? I've pretty much held mine by the lens like him all the time. No problem.

You do realize this entire article was a joke, satirical, don't you?