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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Supporting the Camera

To help steady the camera while you are shooting, several ingenious devices have evolved.

Simple camera supports

Although very basic, the trick of hanging a string or chain from beneath the camera, and trapping its lower end under your foot, does give the camera a certain amount of stability as you pull up on it.

Better still, use a monopod. This is a telescopic tube that screws beneath the camera, and serves as a prop. It is simple, lightweight, and cheap; but take care to always keep it upright, to avoid sloping horizons!

Body supports

Several types of body brace or shoulder harness are available. Here the camera rests on your shoulder, and a brace below is supported on the chest or in a receptacle on your belt. This arrangement ...

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