This Ingeniously Simple Trick Will Keep Your GoPro Footage Nice & Steady
Whether you're shooting on a large cinema camera, DSLR, or even your smartphone, there is no shortage of stabilization tools out there that are built to help you keep your footage steady. If you're shooting on an action camera, there are a bunch of options for you, too, like the EasyGimbal, STABiLGO, Morpheus, and a host of others, but YouTube user MicBergsma offers a super simple stabilization trick that quite honestly made me say, "Man, why didn't I think of that?" Continue on to check out the video.
As you might've guessed from the photo above, the trick is to simply hold your GoPro against your face. It might sound like a no-brainer, but quite honestly, it never occurred to me to try something like this, which is pretty interesting considering that our heads are probably one of the most well-stabilized things in the world (except for maybe this).
Though the aforementioned GoPro stabilizers are pretty awesome, they can be pretty spendy, and hand grips like the one used in the video (possibly a Grenade Grip), though relatively inexpensive, don't offer the same steadiness that a gimbal would. So, by using this technique in tandem with a grip, you'll get much better stabilization than you would if you just used your arm.
Check out the video below to get an idea of the results you could get by using this trick. (By the way, MicBergsma has tons of other GoPro-related videos and tutorials on his YouTube channel, so be sure to check him out.)
Do any of you use a similar technique to stabilize your action cameras? What tricks have worked for you? Let us know in the comments below.