So you bought a gimbal! Great! But now you're wondering why your gear is still coming out slightly shaky and why the gimbal isn't doing as promised and creating a buttery-smooth video for you like magic! Odds are you're not quite using it right. But thanks to Christian Santiago, we can get a great virtual lesson on what you should be doing to shoot like the pros.
Shooting on a gimbal isn't always as easy as it seems. Without a spring or cushion of any kind for the y-axis, vertical bumps and overall movement won't be absorbed with even the higher-end gimbals such as the Ronin or MōVI systems, which are still unlike a true Steadicam.
Still, you can get professional results if you "bend the knees," balance your gear properly, and take a few other precautions that Santiago shares with us in this extremely thorough beginner's guide to using a gimbal system with your video rig.