hi folks - for those of you who use a battery grip on your camera with a portrait shutter release, I found out today that changing the camera strap can make it a lot easier to get quick portrait/ vertical shots. I find that when I shoot with a camera that has a regular camera strap setup (the strap is on the top right and top left corner of the camera), that the strap frequently lands right on top of the viewfinder when I pick it up to take a shot in the portrait/vertical mode. as a result, I would need to push the strap away from my eye, and I would sometimes miss a good moment. I had the insight today that if you have the ability to attach the camera strap to the BOTTOM of the camera instead of the top (ie. if you have a battery grip for the canon XXXD, XXD and 5D cameras - I don't know about nikon), it is a lot easier to pick up the camera without having the strap land right where you put your eye. I'm kicking myself for not thinking about this earlier - it probably seems elementary to everyone else! another benefit is that for landscape/horizontal shots, the strap is not in the way of the right side dials and buttons. so, if you have been fighting with your straps when taking vertical shots, you might want to give this a try. all you need is a way to attach your strap to the bottom of your camera. If you don't have have an attachment point for your camera on the bottom, you can buy a small plate here at Camdapter.com. if none of this makes sense, see the images below.