You can take a monopod, mount your camera onto it, and hold it up over your head to get high angle shots. You could could collapse the leg and use it as a handle under your camera to get smother hand-held shots. Your results from trying either of these shooting techniques might not be that bad, but it’s doubtful that those results would be as good or as consistent as the ones you’d get by using the monopod for what it was intended for. Monopods are designed to provide ground support for your camera to help steady your shots.
Hand-held stabilizers are really no different than monopods in that in order to get the best results from them, it helps to understand what they were designed for. Different types of stabilizers have been designed to help get diverse types of shots.
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Your style of shooting and the various environments you shoot in also come into play as to what type of stabilizer will work best. It’s not about getting the best unit that will hold the weight of your camera, it’s about finding a solution to get the shots you need. Just like you may use both a monopod and a tripod at different times for the same camera, you may find you want more than one type of hand-held stabilizer.
Setting Up Your Shots
Before we get into the different types of camera stabilizers, let’s take a look at how planning out your shots will not only give you steadier moves, but it will also give you a better idea of the gear you need in order to get them. To get the most out of a stabilizer, it’s important to look at two factors that most affect getting a steady shot: composition and angle of view.