If you’re a filmmaker on a budget, you’ve probably lusted after the various camera stabilizing offerings from Steadicam. With this tutorial, some. The steadicam has become a staple in the cinematography industry. The problem more often than not, though, is that not a lot of people can. There are plenty of DIY’ers out there that are hell bent on making what they film look smoother. A home made Steadicam seems to be very popular choice for the .

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The steadicams building tutorials are among the more popular builds on the blog. If you’re a filmmaker on a budget, you’ve probably lusted after the various camera stabilizing offerings from Steadicam. Top image via Film Riot The world of camera mounts, rigs, and stabilizers is quite diverse.

I feature quite a few tutorials from Chad and the reason is twofold: A bottom-heavy counterweight won’t work anything like a Steadicam. Pulling the camera strap against your neck Standing on a string attached to your camera Using household objects in your djy Using your tripod as a steadicam Attaching a rubber band to your waist Total Estimated Price: Top image via Stedaicam Riot.

Camera rigs come in all shapes and sizes for all types of jobs. Austin is a Columbus, OH editorial and lifestyle photographer, menswear aficionado, pseudo-bohemian, and semi-luddite.

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To get started all you’ll need is: Making your own DIY camera stabilizers and mounts is a much cheaper alternative. For a build tutorial a demonstration short and some musing from me hit the jump.


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Udi Tirosh is the Founder and Editor in Chief of DIYPhotography, he steadicak also a photographer, a relentless entrepreneur, a prolific inventor and a dad, not necessarily in that order. It’s possible to achieve this with such a contraption, but balancing isn’t really discussed here.

Dly world of camera mounts, rigs, and stabilizers is quite diverse. Thanks for sharing… https: The metal frame makes it a little heavier than some of the other, lighter PVC optionsbut also increases its longevity and sturdiness along with the weight being a good balance mechanism.

The PVC is much lighter than the metal contraptions and offers a little more give. Similar to the Silver Flyer steadicaj its weight and handheld design, it offers a little more control with its second-hand crossbar option.

Gear Hacks: DIY Camera Stabilizers and Rigs for Under $25

Hans Rosemond – May 27, fun! Here is test footage right after I made it https: Let us know in the comments.

We have also made a stedicam from carbon: Of course, if I did I’d probably have 3 less fingers by now. Need music for your projects? JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada.

Make a DIY Steadicam-Style Camera Stabilizer

More articles from this Author. Sometimes you need the most advanced camera rig for reliability and flexibility on an expensive shoot. How to Build the Krotocam krotoflik. Thanks for the video and good description.

Camera mounts and stabilizers can be quite expensive when buying name-brand gear. The PVC stabilizer makes use of two side arms and counterweights at the bottom which can also be rotated to become a shoulder rig.


The whole point of a Steadicam is to support the camera rig at or just above it’s center of mass.

DIY Steadicam Made Out of Hard Drives

The double bars give perfect balance and full control for most stationary and minor camera moves, however it does stedaicam a little more when moving quickly. I made one like this and here it is https: With this tutorial, some hardware store components, and a little bit of elbow grease, you’ll be up and running with a DIY Steadicam in a flash.

It is not only functional. Costs a bit more, but works better micro adjustable too. Chad Bredahl over at krotoflik has a new tutorial and his tutorials are top notch — see his Jib and Travel Steadciam tutorials. Log in or register to post comments.

I will try with this one… http: Chad usually finds the right mix of ingredients that not only makes his build work, but also that it would not be embarrassing to show up on set using them. Check out the original post on I Like to Make Stuff for step by step directions with illustrations.

Dunja Djudjic is a writer and photographer from Novi Sad, Serbia. You can find out more about John on his website and follow his adventures on YouTube and Facebook. Watch the video above to try out any of these handheld quick-fixes.