How To Use A Camera Stabilizer

Camera stabilizers offer shooters with an added advantage to shoot beautiful and smooth videos within motion. However, shooting using a monopod, a gimbal or any rig held in the hand can be a big challenge both to the level of creativity as well as the physical and productivity level. Whether it is a home video or a professional movie, the camera stabilizer has endless benefits. It can be extremely difficult for a shooter to produce stable videos especially if their hands are shaky or they are shooting using a heavy camera. Camera stabilizers have the versatility needed by those using light attachments and microphones. The main reasons for using stabilizers are:


To achieve stability of the videos

Stability is the best feature of a camera stabilizer. The stabilizer reduces the worry of having to hold your hands still. For a shooter shooting an action movie, he or she can easily and quickly swivel the camera in a very smooth way so as to capture every event.


Although versatility might not as beneficial to home users, it is so much to those shooting professional videos and films. Almost all stabilizers are built with universal mounting plates which allow the shooter to add strobes, microphones and many other accessories.


It can be very difficult for the shooter to get a perfect shot for a scene very close to the ground or very high in the sky. A camera stabilizer makes this easy as one simply needs to tilt the handle of the stabilizer upward or downward so as to capture the required footage. This is achievable without putting a lot of strain on the arm or the neck.

To pull that beautiful shot while using the stabilizer, a lot of expertise and effort is needed as well as spontaneous no-brainers tips depending on the nature of the video and the scene that you are shooting. Some of the spontaneous things that may come up during the shoot are how to walk while shooting, how to avoid shaking among others. The following are some of the tips to apply while shooting:

  • Use wheels
  • Walk carefully
  • Make use of electronic panning
  • Be as lightweight as possible
  • Close down aperture
  • Use a quick release of the tripod
  • For easier balancing, use a quick release
  • Move the subject into focus
  • Maintain equal distance from the subject
  • Have the audience in mind while shooting

One of the main challenges that a shooter should prepare for before using the stabilizer is how to tax it on the shooter’s body. This is in addition to balancing it. The camera and the rigs, despite being suspended in the air, make the stabilizer heavy making it difficult to carry and navigate with it so as to achieve a near-to-perfect and smooth shot.

For the best shooting experience, without much fatigue, you need the rigs that are well designed, tax well the camera against the body and master the handy work-around during shooting.

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