Steade Does It
by Gary Woods
One of the first things you notice about amateur videos and photos is how shaky the images look. On most videos I see that picture bobbing all over the screen. A lot of cameras these days have image stabilizers that work pretty well for the most part but the farther away the subject is that's being shot the worse that picture looks.
So, what's the answer? Well you can schlep around a tri-pod or mono-pod which will take you a few minutes to set up and move around and it will definitely limit your mobility or there's something called SteadePod. This device attaches to the tri-pod mount on your camera and has a sturdy cable that extends from its bottom. A ratchet and locking mechanism allow positioning of the camera for a steady picture nearly anywhere between 6" and 6' and the swiveling camera pad enables seamless transition from portrait to landscape compositions.
Once you've got the device secured to your camera there's a cable that pulls out and you stomp your foot on it. With the cable secure you pull your camera straight up, and you'll get instant stabilization.
The SteadePod is especially beneficial when taking photographs that require a long exposure, where the effects of camera movement are most noticeable. It is particularly useful in low light situations like sunsets and night shots.
The SteadePod weighs less than 4 ounces, has a suggested retail price of $29.95 and is available on Amazon, B&H Photo-Video and Samy's Camera.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc