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You can register for, or express interest in, Bronze Workshops at the bottom of this page.

Introduction – A broad outline of the planned training:

Steadicam® is now a commonly used tool within the film and television industry, however it requires training and practice in order to produce good results. More than just a stabilizer, as a shooting system it is able to provide an individual style to the production often greatly desired by producers and directors. Additionally, complex moving scenes can not only be quicker to shoot, but also more dramatic by adding pace and dimension to the shot.

The Tiffen Steadicam Bronze Workshop is a unique opportunity for prospective operators to learn the use and application of Steadicam, concentrating on the lighter systems within the Steadicam product line. The workshop is very much hands-on with plenty of practical time actually wearing and using the system.

Workshop Aims:

The aim of this training program is to provide the necessary skills and background for a working camera operator to make use of a lightweight Steadicam system to best effect and safely.

Training Duration:

Two days.

In order to maintain the group flow of training and instruction, students and instructors eat lunch together both days. The cost of lunch is included in the cost of the workshop.

Number of Students:

4 – 9

Training Approach:

The course approach is a combination of hands-on and instructor driven however always kept very practical and relevant.

Training Objectives:

On completion of the training program the participants will be able to:

  1. Assemble the Steadicam and fit camera and all accessories.
  2. Understand the principles of operation of a Steadicam.
  3. Balance the system correctly including dynamic balance.
  4. Put on and adjust the operators vest for best fit.
  5. Adjust the suspension arm for the camera weight.
  6. Understand rest positions.
  7. Start and stop smoothly.
  8. Post pan sled.
  9. Body pan sled.
  10. Track shooting sideways.
  11. Circle the subject.
  12. Walk forward shoot back.
  13. Switch forward and back.
  14. Handle actor sitting and standing from a chair.
  15. Tackle steps and stairs.
  16. Handle corners and corridors to best advantage.
  17. Change to low mode.
  18. Understand blocking out a shot.
  19. Have knowledge of working in adverse conditions.

This is by no means an exhaustive list and there will be many other skills and techniques passed on during the course of the workshop.

Assessment and Certification System:

Participant assessment is via continuous monitoring and appraisal over the workshop followed by a test piece. This is followed by group discussion. There can be no strict pass/fail situation as the ability to use Steadicam can only be acquired with much practice after the workshop, however it is expected that all students will attain a reasonable standard for their personal degree of experience during the course.

Participant Profile:

Participants may be anyone interested in developing the skills to use light and medium weight Steadicam systems.


Tiffen Steadicam Technical Representatives and/or Tiffen Steadicam Designated & Approved Instructors.

Equipment Used:

All equipment will be current model Tiffen Steadicam products except where third party manufactured equipment is required as support. There is no need to bring your own equipment.

This is a Tiffen Steadicam Workshop. Details, content and schedules may be changed without notice. All rights reserved.

Steadicam Bronze Workshop Registration Form

  • At the end of the workshop you will receive a coveted, genuine Steadicam Workshop Certificate of Completion. In the field below please write your name exactly as you would like it to appear on your Certificate of Completion:

  • During the Bronze Workshop instructors and students eat as a group; lunch is provided both days of the workshop. In the field below please indicate any dietary restrictions you may have so we can be sure they are accommodated at lunchtime. If you have no dietary restrictions, please write none.
  • If you do not, please write “no” in the field below. If you do, please indicate which make and model.
  • The cost of the Steadicam Bronze Workshop is $600 (USD). Payment is due upon registration. Please use the options below to select the method of payment you will be using.
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