I have looked at several different shoulder mount accessories to help steady the camera. Problem is I am 6'1" and my assistant is 6'2". It is hard to achieve the eye level shot with a shoulder mount. I cannot always use a tripod. Can some of you share what is working well for you?
I hold the camera firmly against my shoulder. I hold the front with left hand, and right hand in the strapped handle. I look into the lcd display. My eye is about 4 inches from the display. My eye cannot focus or see if the display is focused. However, I can determine if I am framed properly.
Of course spread stance with the feet and keep the zoom as little as possible.
I use this technique a lot when interviewing people like coaches or celebrities and don't have the luxury of tripod or time.
For smaller people or children I hold firmly against my chest or even abdomen.
Prior to this I tried all sorts of gadgets, and the problem is they only work if you add a lot of counterweight so that they hang behind your shoulder to balance. Then you have so much clap trap the transition back to tripod is time consuming.