You don't need to drop a ton of cash on a camera stabilizer to get smooth shots.
Gimbals, monopods, and other camera stabilizers can help you shoot beautiful images, but many of them are hundreds, even thousands of dollars. If you're a no-budget filmmaker, there are plenty of ways to stabilize your camera without spending a dime. Here are 6 DIY hacks from Filmora that show you how to keep your camera steady using materials you probably have lying around at home.
Here are the hacks Filmora mentions in the video:
- Steady your camera by pulling your camera's strap tight against your neck
- Attach a string to your camera, use your feet to create a base
- Use sturdy stuff around you to place your camera on for an easy tripod
- Utilize your tripod's center bar as a makeshift monopod
- Attach a rubber band to your belt loop and attach the other side to your camera
- Cut a hole in a shopping bag and put your camera inside
These are just a handful of creative stabilization ideas — there are countless others: shopping carts, rollerblades, skateboards, and wheelchairs make pretty decent makeshift dollies. When it comes to DIY handheld rigs, it gets a little more difficult, but even something as simple as pressing your camera against your face while you shoot can cut down on shakiness.
What cheap DIY solutions do you use to stabilize your camera? Let us know in the comments!