HOW TO – Cheap image stabilizer

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Abby writes in about this $1 image stabilizer tutorial video. Just take a washer, a bolt, and some string, and use tension to stabilize your camera without a tripod. – Link.

8 thoughts on “HOW TO – Cheap image stabilizer

  1. RDAC says:

    All that is old is new again…

    This is a fairly common trick amongst old-hat photographers. I had one teach me this so that we could avoid looking ‘too professional’ when going into museums to take shots for documentaries.

  2. Gabriel McGovern says:

    This method will only stabilize up/down shake.

    Make the string 2.5x as long and tie both ends to the bolt. Then you have the option of stepping with two feet slightly spread, forming a triangle with the loop of string. This will stabilize both horizontal and vertical shake.

    The only remaining shake will be forwards/backwards, which is the least noticeable in still photographs.

  3. extracrispy says:

    even with the comments of the first two people,(which do further your presentation)i wish you could have seen my reaction when you stepped on the string!it all came together.for those of us who did’nt know this idea thanks for sharing.

  4. Rick W says:

    Very easy to follow video. Hope you are signed up for the producers program. I read about a similar device that seems superior on instructables :

    I was going to get the hardware for that the next trip to the hardware store. The good thing about your model is that I already have the hardware in the junk drawer to make it.

    Thanks for the vid

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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