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Handy-Looky: Shooting from the Hip … and the Shoulder

The author framing shots on a Sony HVR-Z1U, with the camera away from the body, on a shoot in Mexico City.

Shooting handheld for documentary, commercial, musical, and even dramatic films can challenge, vex, frustrate, exhaust, and exhilarate—often all at once. Handholding the camera lets you improvise angles quickly, stick the camera in places a tripod can’t reach, or float with innovative, flowing moves difficult to duplicate from a dolly. And if you’re tall like me, throwing the camera on your shoulder enables you to see over crowds at news events, rallies, shows, and parties.

The first movies were filmed from tripods and later from rolling dollies. . . . CONTINUE READING: Handy-Looky: Shooting from the Hip … and the Shoulder