A dip, a trip, a shaky grip—keeping steady is a key factor in taking a good fyuse. Here are five tips I'd like to share to improve your stabilization while taking a fyuse.
1. Hold the phone with two hands. You'll have more control taking a fyuse with both hands, compared to holding it with just one. As you hold the phone, try to keep your hands steady as well while you rotate around your subject. As the old saying goes, two hands are better than one! (or is that heads? eh, same thing.)
2. Walk at a steady pace. Take your time and pace yourself as you walk around your subject. This will help to reduce any shaking. You don't exactly need to float like a ballerina, but having a steady pace will help to stabilize your fyuse.
3. Give yourself enough room to walk around (so you don't bump into things—ouch!). I've definitely collided with a few people and objects while fyusing in the past, but I've wised-up. Now, I first analyze my surroundings before I take a fyuse. Any collisions during a fyuse will destabilize the recording, so be sure to give yourself enough room. If you are in a tight space, I highly suggest using a wide angle lens for your phone.
4. Tell your subjects to keep still or limit their movement. You can float around your subject like a butterfly, but if your subject won't stay still then your efforts will go down the drain. Be sure to instruct your subjects to minimize their movements during a fyuse (unless your subject is a waxed statue of Lady Gaga, then there's no need to give them instructions).
5. Buy stabilization accessories. If you can't keep yourself steady no matter how hard you try (and you also have a couple of bucks to spend), then I highly suggest ordering some stabilization accessories for the phone. A handheld motorized gimbal such as the Fly-X3 is the best stabilizer out there for mobile devices. It isn't cheap, but it keeps your Fyuses smoother than a penguin. There's also a camera table dolly that rolls around in a nice curve (based on your own adjustments) that is perfect for product shoots.
That's all, folks! Stay tuned for next week's Tricks of the Trade.