I have a Canon 60d. I love the freedom of going handheld with a 30mm/50mm lens. I recently got a cheapie monopod and a manfrotto 361 shoulder support to help stabilise a little without losing the character of handheld, but didn't really notice a significant stability difference (vs pure handheld) unless I was really concentrating on keeping still and filming a static object (like in an interview) - at which point, it probably would have been better to use a tripod anyway. It was the worst of both worlds, like it was trying to be still but, not... I really like James millers' handheld stuff (James, are you there?!), like this , this , and this - he just uses a z-finder which apparently brings a little more stability. His stuff is obviously handheld, but in a way that isn't 'jittery' (rapid tiny movements that seem accidental, which I'm still getting), but more like the camera is slow dancing around the object in a graceful/purposeful way. How do I do that? Technique or gear?