Advanced Handheld Camera Techniques for Video

On this video Australian film director Christopher Kenworthy (from Tuts+) takes a look at some advanced handheld techniques for shooting video in a way that will mimic cinematic effect but with no extra gear.

We tend to think that for a real cinematic look we need complex, usually expensive gear such as dollys, cranes, sliders and of course tripods. However, if you are willing to sacrifice some stability in your video – there are quite a few things that you can do handheld with no extra equipment as long as you understand some basic techniques of holding and moving your camera.

The way Kenworthy shows it, rather than going for the wobbly handheld look, you can combine pans and tilts with height changes and pushes, to create complex camera moves. This approach brings your scenes to life, without requiring a time-consuming setup.

We have covered some other useful techniques for shooting HDSLR this time with a monopod which can also give you quite a lot of freedom with a fairly inexpensive setup. Another video we published here in the past by fenchel & janisch shows how to make amazing tracking shots with just a tripod.

You can watch more HDSLR and video techniques on our dedicated HDSLR channel here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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