I have an old steadicam that I’ve been practicing with for a while and have a question. I adjust the arm so it floats the camera to my side and slightly in front of me, or where ever, and though it works just fine the neutral space where it does not start pulling off to my right of left seems quite small, less than a square foot, and once outside of that space the pull is strong and requires a firm grip to control.
In many of the videos I’ve been watching the operators seem to be able to move the camera across their body and even slightly in front of them while still having a light touch on the arm. There’s that awful video of the guy breaking the arm with an Alexa on board but with my arm as soon as I let go, once it’s wandered about 8 inches in any direction in goes, and it goes fast and hard not like the way it just drifts away from the chap in the video.
I feel like the guys in the instructional videos have a much larger area of neutral space in front and to their side that they can use, there are only two adjustments to position the camera relative to the body as far as I can tell so I thought I’d come and ask here. Maybe the operators I’m watching are just very good at it and have strong fingers so it looks like the arms not pulling, though the guy in the dropped camera video doesn’t look like he’s particularly in control. Either way, more adjustments or just keep practising, it’d be good to know.