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pressed tightly against your side, use two hands, and breathe slowly and with con- trol. When you pan, turn from the waist, keeping your upper body straight. Bend your legs slightly to serve as shock absorbers. Tip: Regardless of your camcorder model, you'll get the best and steadiest results if you use your free hand to brace the bottom of the camera. Holding both sides of the camcorder isn't nearly as steady. Keep the Camera Steady ·Zoomout. When you're zoomed in to flm something distant, magnifying the image by, say, 10 times, remember that a one-millimeter jiggle gets magnifed many times. When you're zoomed in a lot, it's easy to produce extremely unsteady footage. Keep this in mind when deciding how much you want to zoom; the most stable picture results when you're zoomed out all the way. (Zooming also makes focus more critical, as described on page 58.) ·Consideramonopod. Despite the enormous boost in stability that a tripod gives your footage, you don't always have the time to unlatch, extend, and relatch each of the three legs. If the kind of shooting you do frequently requires such fast setup and takedown, consider a monopod. As much as it sounds like a creature from a sci-f movie, a monopod is actually a closer relative to a walking stick. It's a col- lapsible metal post for your camcorder. When using a monopod, you still have to steady the camcorder with your hands (jiggles are still possible), but the monopod