Shaky, hand-held video footage often conveys a message of unprofessionalism. Being able to keep your camera steady helps considerably, not only in looking like you know what you're doing but also in getting a clearer picture. A shoulder-mounted camera stabiliser is a great way to do this. You can build your own cheaply and easily at home.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 4 universal light mounts
- 3/8th-inch stud adaptor
- Camera platform
- 30-inch long, 5/8th-inch diameter rod, pipe or dowel
- Scrap pieces for shoulder brace and handle
- Nuts and bolts
Remove the screws from two of the light mounts. Use the drill to increase the size of the hole left by the screw, so you can fit a bolt through it. Bolt the two mounts together, making sure the openings are at right angles to each other, creating a connector. Repeat the process with the other two mounts.
Cut the pipe or dowel into two 15-inch pieces. Screw the handle onto the stud adaptor. Attach the shoulder mount to one of the connectors and the connector to one end of one of the rods.
Attach one end of the other rod to the remaining connector and that connector at right angles to the centre of the first rod, forming a vertical section. Attach the handle and adaptor to the free end of the horizontal rod. Attach the camera platform to the vertical rod and fasten the camera to it.
To use, grasp the handle with your hand with the brace against the front of your shoulder. The camera will be on the vertical section, above and between your hand and shoulder. Hold the camera secure with your free hand.
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