Camera shake is the bane of everyone who takes pictures seriously,
and especially for videographers who specialise in outdoor and macro
work. It's not that you don't know how to prevent camera shake (a tripod
providing the usual solution), but applying that knowledge in the real
world can be a little challenging.
Stable Camera Monopods
Anyone who has used a camcorder for any amount of time has probably
accumulated a bunch of lenses and other accessories. Lugging all this
around makes you feel like a trekker on an Everest climb. Add to this a
big clunky tripod and you can go way over the top - not to mention the
risk of tripping over.
Convenience & Stability Support
There are three important decisions to be made when choosing a camera
platform. You want to strike a reasonable balance between convenience
(and nothing is more convenient than no platform at all) and stability. A
good studio tripod that weighs 25 pounds is nice and stable.
Style: There are a wide choice of tripods and
monopods on the market as well as camera supports which don't fall into
either category. It's important to consider the specific benefits and
different size of each type.
Head: You need a tripod head to hold the camera. Of
course there is more than just one kind, so it's important to think
about where and when you will be using the support.
Material: A range of materials are available with
carbon fibre by far the lightest and strongest option. However, this is
also the most expensive choice.