Stop looking at camera support equipment as simply gear. Think of it more as a way of adding movement or taking movement away from your shot. The type of equipment you will use depends on the type of movement you want to add or control.
You need to ask yourself three questions for each scene you will be shooting:
- Do I want movement in the shot?
- What type of movement do I want to have?
- What equipment do I need to execute that type of movement?
You should start by choosing the sort of camera movement you want to have in your scene and then think about what equipment will best help you ...