Steady As She Goes

Our paths crossed at an outdoor market in downtown Los Angeles. I was there to eat and he was there to work.

I asked the young man with the elaborate camera setup if it’s as heavy as it looks. A partial nod of his head told me all I needed to know.

Steadicam technology isn’t new. I’ve been lucky to have seen a number of different variants in action. Seeing a skilled operator effortlessly deploy their rig is like watching a circus act.

Being a spectator is where my fascination ends. That and loads of admiration for excellent craft skills.

For my work, a hand-held camera is more than enough labor.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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