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One Thing You Should Buy Before Your Video Camera

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While it’s possible to get great hand-held shots with your digital still camera, it’s much harder to hand-hold a video camera. Video often requires slow steady pans up or down or side-to-side. It’s very hard to do this without a tripod.

And yes, almost all video cameras have image-stabilization features, they can’t come close to the stability of a tripod.

Tripods are bulky and good ones are heavy. And I personally don’t go anywhere without one. I am tired of the overused bouncing hand-held video style you see on MTV. I do think there’s a place for hand-held shots. But they should be the exception not the rule.

Try using a tripod the next time you shoot some video. You’ll be amazed at how much better your video looks.

And if you want to work like the big boys – try building your own $20 Steadycam.

I’ll have more on tripods in future posts, including which ones to consider.

Written by scottbourne

November 2, 2008 at 1:37 pm

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