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Jim Reineke
nx5u steady shooting accessories
on Aug 27, 2013 at 3:24:46 am

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?

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john lenihan
Re: nx5u steady shooting accessories
on Sep 20, 2013 at 8:28:46 pm

Here is what I do.

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.

JOhn

John Lenihan

LeniCam Video Productions
http://www.lenicamvideoproductions.com


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