Our much-vaunted opposable thumbs are said to hold the key to our evolution above all other animals, mainly because they allowed us to fashion tools to keep the tougher, stronger, wilder animals at bay.
However, not even the most advanced primate can hand-hold a steady shot on a smartphone.
I have yet to see it done.
Many years of training and meditative practice in a distant Eastern temple might get you there, but for the rest of us, there's the tripod.
If you're just starting out on the path of self-shooting, you might feel a tripod is a bit of a nuisance. You have to lug it around, it doesn't fit neatly in your work bag, and nine times out of ten you've left it in the boot in the car in the rain in the faraway car park.
But of all tools it is the one that will set your work apart and take you way higher up the food chain.
A steady shot of anything is preferable to am-cam renditions of everything.
If you choose to use unsteady shots for a very good reason, that is valid of course.
However, these reasons should not include a desire to follow action. Illustrating action is also better done on a steady locked-off shot.
A rule of [opposable] thumb is to let the action happen within your nice steady frame.
Tripods are very affordable and come in all shapes and sizes, and when you choose one specifically for a smartphone, there is the added bonus of knowing your expensive contraption is protected from drops and bumps.
Your video content will evolve directly in relation to the tools that you choose, and you'll be holding your own with the big beasts.
Niamh Guckian is the Director of Go Motion Academy
Providing Training in Video for Social Media & Digital Marketing