6 Introduction to Camera Stability

Unless you need to be highly mobile, or you are trying to heighten erratic movement for dramatic effect, you should always use a tripod or other rigid camera platform to achieve a stable shot. All unnecessary camera movement will distract the viewer from the action or subject within the frame.

To achieve smooth camera movements through Pans and Tilts, the tripod head needs to have a fluid action with variable drag controls. The tripod legs will also need to be rigid to prevent the camera from swinging . . .

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