able to walk up stairs, float over granite counters and railings, walk quickly
on a forest trail or go down hallways room to room without shaking with the
camera with an appearance as if I was flying. The answer is a piece of equipment
that is used in the motion picture industry made by a company called
Below is some history about the Steadicam from Wikipedia:
“Before the camera stabilizing system, a director had two choices for moving (or "tracking") shots:
1.The camera could be mounted on a camera dolly, a
wheeled mount that rolls on tracks or leveled boards. However, this is time
consuming to set up and impractical in many situations.
2.The camera operator could hold the camera in his hands. This allows greater speed and flexibility,
but even the most skilled camera operator cannot prevent the image from shaking,
if only minutely. Hand-held footage has therefore traditionally been considered
suitable mostly for documentaries, news, reportage work, live action, unrehearsable footage,
or as a special effect to evoke an atmosphere of authentic immediacy or cinéma vérité
during dramatic sequences.
While these cinematic techniques are still common, the Steadicam
has added another dimension to motion picture cinematography and
videography. A Steadicam essentially combines the stabilized steady footage of a
conventional tripod mount with the fluid motion of a dolly shot and the
flexibility of hand-held camera work. While smoothly following the operator's
broad movements, the Steadicam's armature absorbs any jerks, bumps, and
shakes.The Steadicam stays upright, by simply making the bottom slightly heavier
than the top, pivoting at the gimbal. This leaves the center of gravity of the
whole rig, however heavy it may be, exactly at the operator's fingertip,
allowing deft and finite control of the whole system with the lightest of
touches on the gimbal.
The skill of the operator is to keep the desired
framing and composition by feathering his or her touch on the gimbal, while the
rig and operator is in motion, and indeed when still.”
I found using this piece of equipment fun and challenging.
Although the Steadicam removes the camera shake you still need to
have a gentle touch to pivot, pan and frame the image. It is almost like a dance
with precise movements. Camera operators in Hollywood have to go through
training classes and 100’s of hours of practice to get the technique down. Every
house I shoot I improve on my ability to operate the Stedicam in more fluid
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