My name is Stephen, SteadyMaker clients may recognize me as the guy they talk to when buying one of our stabilizers, but I am also a freelance filmmaker! (You can check out my work at www.in-no-v8.com). I have been lucky enough to use different SteadyMaker stabilizers over the years in many different filmmaking environments, and I wanted to share some of my experiences. I love seeing clients use their stabilizers in all kinds of interesting projects, and I believe we all have unique perspectives to share to the filmmaking community.
We are proud to be releasing our latest upgrade to our SteadyMaker family...the SMG PLUS.
Over time, we listened to our valuable clients' feedback, and we have tweaked and upgraded the SMG EXTREME, packed with ALL NEW features, including:
This is our most competitively priced, feature packed stabilizer yet! We are adding components, such as:
A mini-tripod mount for pre-balancing and setting the stabilizer down between shoots.
We have created a central handlebar attachment and handlebars in one component to reduce construction time and make setup even more simple.
Histibe is a Ukrainian audiovisual artist, video director and music producer with over 10 years of experience. He's also an owner of Vimeo award winning creative label Mask Movement. His project were featured 20 times in the official digital galeries on Behance and published on a number of popular platforms such as Complex, UKF, JAY Z's Life+Times and Dezeen. Currently Histibe and his team has a list of clients and collaborators both from the video and music world, including Blackmagic Design, Steadymaker, Lensbaby, Foton, Glide Gear, M-Audio, Loopmasters, Arturia, Black Hole Recordings and more.
No-stabilizer people, pay attention!
So, we here at SteadyMaker are all about stabilization, as you may have noticed, and this post is no exception...however, there are times where you want to get steady footage, and you don't have access to a stabilizer (I know, gasp, no stabilizer!) Here are some no-stabilizer tips and tricks!
What can I do without a stabilizer?
One of the fundamental rules of steady, stable shots, is that your body is a source of stabilization. Your body is always going to provide more stable footage than just holding your camera . Having said that, the more points of contact you can provide, the better. For example, two hands on the camera is always more stable than holding the camera one-handed. However, by the same rule, try tucking your elbows in to the sides of your body, flat against each side, from the shoulder down to the elbow. The shooting position may be a little less convenient but your shots will benefit from extra stability, now that you are using your torso as the center of stability.
Ok....so, summer isn't quite here.....but we are not a company to sit on our hands and wait around. It's discount time!
Now that we have launched our premiere stabilizer, the Mini TANK we wanted to give our growing customer base more chances to shoot in new, unique ways. People all over the world are using our products in ever-more innovative ways, and as our entry-level stabilizer, the SMG EXTREME is still proving a popular item, we wanted to give our customers more ways to use their product. We introduced some great new items in the Mini TANK package, and these items can also help our SMG clients shoot in different ways.