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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Hand-holding the Camera

There are several regular ways of supporting your camera:

•  Hold it in your hands.

•  Rest it on your shoulder.

•  Use some kind of body support.

•  Affix it to some kind of mounting.

For brief shots, or when shooting on the move, it is often sufficient to hand-hold the camera – provided you grip it properly.

•  Palmcorders are best held with both hands: your right hand through the support strap on the zoom lens; your left hand under the camera’s body. Although some cameras are fitted with an electronic image stabilizer don’t rely on this device to compensate for wavering one-handed operation.

•  Compact models with large lenses are best steadied with the fingers of your left hand under the lens mount, and your right ...

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