Unless there’s an earthquake going on, your video should be as stable as possible!
Just make sure it’s level. Many tripods feature a little bubble level (known as a “spirit level”) to help you do this.
If your tripod doesn’t have a spirit level, look through the viewfinder at the horizontal and vertical elements in your shot. Are they level?
Poor guy. Kinda looks like he’s on the Titanic as she’s starting to go down.
It’s a simple fix – just adjust the legs of the tripod until the vertical or horizontal planes in your shot are level.
No tripod? No problem!
There’s nothing wrong with shooting video handheld. I do it all the time.
Sometimes I’m shooting in a location where it’s just not practical to lug along a tripod – like climbing through caves. Other times the event I’m shooting is moving too fast for me to keep setting up and adjusting a tripod.
The point is, handheld video is just fine. Just follow these simple steps to make your shots as steady as possible:
But wait – there’s more!
Use your environment as a tripod.
Look for benches, desks, fences and other horizontal surfaces.
The world is your tripod!