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How To Video: Tips to stabilize your dSLR videos without a tripod
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How To Video: Tips to stabilize your dSLR videos without a tripod

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Don't have a tripod handy? Here are some ways to get stable-looking handheld video from your dSLR.

[MUSIC] Sometimes you'll find yourself in a situation where you really need to record some video with your DSLR, but you don't have a tri-pod, a mono-pod or anything to lean against. If this is you, then here are some tips to help stabilize your video from a DSLR hand held. First up I'm gonna talk about correct hand holding technique. It's really tempting to have the camera in your right hand with the grip here and adjusting your zoom and focus using your left hand. The pros definitely don't do it this way. Keep a firm, secure lock underneath the lens with the palm of your left hand, hold it steady in your right and you'll get the steadiest shot. Next make sure to turn on image stabilization either in your lens or your body. This is really important because it will help keep your shots even more stable to help compensate for a little bit of hand shake. Then bring your elbows into your body. This is a good technique so you increase the point of contact. And make sure you keep it really stable as possible, regulate your breathing as well. So for example if you only need to shoot a short burst of around ten seconds, take a deep breath. Hold your breath and start recording. If you have a strap, it's a good time to attach it to your camera. With the strap held taut against your neck like so, you can get some really nice, smooth, and stable panning effects, which gives you something that looks almost like you've invested in a slider or a dolly. If you also want to spend some [INAUDIBLE], you can consider investing in a loop. So, this will be held right against your eye like so, and provide yet another point of contact, keeping your shots nice and stable. Remember, when you're shooting at a telephoto and [UNKNOWN] lens you are going to exacerbate any kind of camera or hand shake. So make sure to shoot a bit wider. Those are some tips to help hand-stablise your DSLR video. For more tips make sure to check out CNet.