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    Hello! I'm new here and thought I'd say hi :]

    I have just finished Uni doing Filmmaking and I'm hoping to be a Camera Operator.

    Are there any female Camera Ops here? Also a question to all operators, do you lift weights to help with operating heavy cameras?

    I have rubbish arm strength and so after a half hour take with Zeiss lenses my hands are shaking more than Cloverfield. Nightmare. I'm tempted to get little weights just to improve my strength a bit. I'm on a shoot in a few weeks with a 4 grand camera which is a little daunting, so I definitely don't want to ruin the could be awesome shots by shaking!

    Cheers!

    Sophie

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    Welcome to the forum! You're not using any sort of rig?
    -AF

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    • #3
      Thank you :] Yeah I usually do but I wouldn't trust this expensive camera on my shoulder rig as it's a bit untrustworthy!

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      • #4
        Yes lifting some weights will, over time, increase your strength and help you do the job better.

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        • #5
          If you're going to be hand holding your camera for most of the shoot, I'm afraid lifting weights for a few weeks in advance will not be enough. You should consider a SteadiCam vest. If you can't afford to buy one, consider making one. Here's a pretty good video I found on how one guy achieved it.

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          • #6
            Great, thank you!

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