So what are the options of those aspiring photographers that don’t have something to spare for those high-tech camera stabilization systems such as the Blackbird camera stabilizer, Merlin Steadicam, or just even the affordable hand held camera stabilizers sold on Amazon? Should we just go on shooting our videos and give your audience a headache? Luckily, there are a few cheap camera stabilizers or even free ways to make your camera steady during production. Handheld camera stabilizing systems use a system of counterweights that balances the weight of the camera and allow it to float. Some people think that the gyroscope installed on some professional camera models is responsible for the smoothness of the shot, but it’s actually the weights. The gyroscope would be useless without them. Lightweight DSLR cameras allows for the same counterweight principle to be used with any lightweight camera stabilizer system, without adding weights, when you are in a pinch. However, if there are any heavy items attached to your camera such as a heavy lens or monitor, this principle won’t work. What you need is a relatively light tripod or monopod to make this work without getting your arms stressed while holding the camera. First you need to mount your digital camera to a tripod or monopod as usual. Then extend your index finger as if you are pointing at someone and lay the tripod or the monopod on it, sliding the tripod up and down until it is perfectly steady while lying on your index finger. You may have to extend the tripod or monopod leg(s) for heavier cameras to have more balance. Once the camera is stable, put a mark on the exact point where your finger touches the tripod or the monopod. Then you can position your tripod and camera as if you are about to start shooting, holding the camera at the same spot where it was balanced when it was on your finger. You can also try to hold it very lightly with your thumb or index finger for best results. You can now move or walk around while shooting and your shots will be definitely shake-free. This technique really works once you get the hang of it. It just takes a lot of practice to keep the camera level.