good stuff randy.
i hope you don't mind, but here's a couple tips...
try to keep the camera as still as possible. if the footage still comes out shaky, and if you're using premiere pro, apply the tool/effect to "clean up" the clips. it's called steadymove plug-in by 2d3. just drag that effect over the clip that needs cleaning up.
careful though...you can't slow down the clip that has the steadymove tool. what you could do though is to apply the tool, then save the clip. then, re-import the clip, and voila, you can now adjust the speed.
hope i helped rather than confuse the hell out of you!