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Linda, Take a monopod and add a small ballhead. Screw the camcorder on the ballhead and adjust so the monopod is nearly parallel to the camcorder bottom leaving just enough space between the monopod handle and the bottom of the camcorder for your hand. Leave the monopod in the unextended configuration. Hold this rig with your left hand on the monopod handle and the monopod on your right shoulder. A small tripod with the legs extended, but not spread and pressed against the right shoulder also works well, particularly for smaller camcorders. This gives stability because the left hand holding the camcorder forms a triangle between the monopod or tripod and the right shoulder. When I use a tripod I hold the extended legs together with a rubber foot and press this against my right shoulder. People often comment on how stable my hand held shots are. Of course the monopod or tripod come in handy for their usual purposes when needed.