I’ve always had an interest in photography, but I would consider my skills at slightly less than amateurish. I had a lot of fun with my old Pentax SuperProgram 35mm camera. Load it up with some Fuji color film and it produced some great photos over the years.
I haven’t quite saved up the funds for a decent-quality 35mm-format (SLR) digital camera, but my family has a really good point-and-shoot camera that was a gift. It’s got a lot of capability we haven’t tapped into yet, and it also takes some amazing photos.
One of the problems with cameras when you’re trying to shoot video or zoom in for a tight shot is holding the camera steady. One of the solutions is a shoulder rig. You can buy commercial rigs, but here’s a guy that used his dad’s woodworking and metalworking skills to build his own. It’s a fascinating video.
Here’s the link to Shane McGlaun’s post on SlashGear where I first saw this.