Attended an amazing–and very challenging–2 day Steadicam workshop in San Francisco. The purpose of the workshop was to teach nine students how to move or "fly" a video camera attached to a Steadicam vest and harness.
Flew 3 different cameras on 3 different rigs, around corners, up stairs, through doorways, move forwards and backwards, and more.
Great experience. Very demanding. The cameras included a conventional large Sony beta camera, a medium-size prosumer Sony video camera, and a small, 35mm-style Canon 7D camera.
Two 12-hour days with Steadicam Master Peter Abraham who flew to San Francisco from his base in New York to instruct, cajole, humor, stimulate and teach 9 students, including myself.
At the end of the 2nd afternoon, the final exam for each student involved following an "actor" (one of the students--we each took turns) as the actor entered through a doorway, follow the actor with a Steadicam as he ascended a stairway , walk through a maze of gear and displays littering the second floor of a showroom, and then follow the actor as he sat down at a table to talk to a salesman.
Whether walking forward or backward, smoothness and coordinated motion with the Steadicam and the camera ruled the day.
At the end of the second day, Peter issued a certificate from Steadicam indicating that we had successfully completed two days of training.
However, he cautioned each of us that this certificate marked a beginning for each of us to continue learning. It did not constitute a validation that we had attained greatness as Steadicam masters.
The two day workshop was held at Adolph Gassers on 2nd Street in San Francisco.
About the Photos: I shot the workshop photos with a Nikon D-300 camera with the help of a single Nikon D-900 flash and the pop-up flash on the camera. The strobes were balanced for the ambient light in the camera store. ISO 400. 24-120mm Nikkor lens. Camera RAW. Processed in Photoshop CS-5.