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#1 Karandeep Singh

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 01:55 PM

Hi - Can you please give me tips/advice on how best to shoot handheld movement shots? I am using Sony Z1P camera and I will not have any steadycam or tracks or trolley or crane. All shots will be static or handheld. How do i keep the shake to minimum? Besides havin stable hands, any tips or tricks?

I also want to shoot a revolving shot around a character...camera shld revolve around him for approx 4-5 times in varying speed...is it possible without tracks? Like use of chair with wheels?

Any advice will be welcomed.

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#2 Scott Doney

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 04:18 PM

Use your free hand as a brace under the camera and keep your elbows in fairly tight! ;)
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#3 Alex Haspel

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 04:30 PM

walk like you shat your pants, soft knees.
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#4 Scott Doney

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 05:28 PM

you can build a stabilizer for super cheap that would really help you out also
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#5 Steve McBride

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 07:13 PM

Take big steps crossing over your legs instead of shuffling and hold your breath.
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#6 Joe Giambrone

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 11:26 PM

Search "DIY" and camera stabilizer.

However, I thought of an idea -- if your character is underneath something like a tree branch or structure, you can hang a wire to rig a stabilizer and have that travel in circles around the character. Hang the camera.

Edited by joegiambrone, 12 September 2008 - 11:27 PM.

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#7 Chris Keth

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 11:45 PM

If you're walking with someone, walk in sync with their steps. You will shake but you will shake in the same direction as they do and it will give the impression of steadiness. With practice, you can do surprisingly steady-looking walk & talks like this.

Also wearing soft shoes or going barefoot can help you to roll from heel to toe gracefully and keep shake to a minimum.

Edited by Chris Keth, 12 September 2008 - 11:47 PM.

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