So as a relevant newbie to steadicam I am beginning to fly my rig a little more recently - I practice with an old Sony Betacam for the weight.
On a short film I had to do a shot down a very narrow corridor, through a doorway and behind an actor at a kitchen sink ending up with the camera very close to the counter top. After blocking the shot I thought I'd give it a go operating with the arm mounted to the left hand side of me and then crossing the body to end up on the right - the opposite of the norm. I had done this once in my early days whilst practicing (following the EFP DVD) but was amazed at how much easier I found it operating this way. I'm not convinced the shots were technically any more stable (the horizon more level etc) but it was much easier to sustain both the weight and refine the rig this way.
What I want to ask is has anyone else found this? And more importantly is operating in this way strictly "wrong" or worse for me? As I continue to practice I am tempted to operate this way more but don't want to rely on it if it's going to have a detrimental effect longterm....
I should add I am naturally left handed meaning my stronger arm and hand end up on gimbal rather than the sled so this may answer for why I find this method easier.
Many thanks for this forum and your thoughts.