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The Steadicam® Operator's Handbook by Laurie Hayball, Jerry Holway

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The right touch

operating hand and arm hand

Now that you have the rig comfortably on your body and you can maintain balance while moving through space, we will examine the role each hand plays in operating.

The operating hand has two basic tasks — one is to point the camera in the right direction; the other is to keep the sled level.

Generally, only very small forces are required for panning and tilting the sled, so the grip of the operating hand on the post is extremely light — just enough to get the job done. Often, the force is as light as you can make it without losing contact with the post. Big moves and fast pans require a strong grip, but the operating hand returns to the light grip as soon as the action is complete.

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