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.