Get a Grip On Better Image Quality

Get a Grip On Better Image Quality

Joel Pirela
Jul 1, 2011

You've got the ideal equipment, the perfect subject for your photo, and all the conditions are a "go". But after you snap the picture or review your video, you spy noticeable blurriness in the final image or too much image shake, rendering it unusable or requiring a bit of time with retouching software to salvage it. But you can reduce this from happening by utilizing some external help to keep shake-induced blurring at bay...

Here's a before and after example showing how one of these image stabilizing rigs can make a huge difference while shooting video. Handheld cameras pick up all the inherent shaking that occurs on both a large and small scale as we move around, while a stabilization rig negates these movements using counterbalancing. The proof is in the video, with handheld producing Blair Witch shaky-cam versus the smooth as a pro results of a stabilized image.

Wristshot Support System
Made of carbon fiber, this support bracket is not only light but also very strong. We love that it transfers the weight to the larger muscles of the forearm, that way eliminating fatigue on the wrists. The video capture ends being very stabilized and frees both hands for a trouble free operation. It has adjustment for 5 axis and it even comes with a quick release mount system and a tripod mount.

Glidecam X-22 Stabilization System
This one is not only the most expensive, professional looking rig of this group ($6,399!) but it will provide results beyond the $49 counterparts. You not tonally will look like RoboCop but this thing comes with battery packs, video and power cables, mobility arm and vest. It even comes with a Pro LCD and a balanceand docking bracket.

DIY Camera Stabilizer
This is a great idea. Using off the shelf supplies and only costing $14, there is no way you can go any cheaper. No more shaky shots!

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