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Anytime you go out and you shoot an action sport, things will go wrong. Remember, we took a lot of precaution today to keep both the equipment and the people safe, but along the way we learned a few things. So, let's dig in, take a look at some of the behind the scenes footage and share with you, a couple of things that you could avoid so you keep your equipment and your subject safe on your next shoot. As far as first person stuff goes, I did really like the chest mount. I was less crazy about the head strap. It did provide a sense of energy and you really were seeing exactly what the rider was seeing, so, from that point of view, it's incredibly interesting.
But, from a normal viewer's point of view, it gets a bit disorienting. From the point of view of first person perspective, it totally worked. And I really would suggest that if you need a lot of coverage, go with the chest mount and use the head mount sparingly. And make sure you do some tests to see what works best for you, and your shooting subject. Being able to just gaff a camera into position, gives you some incredible angles. What it doesn't give you, though, is any sort of protection. Use the gaff tape to your advantage. Not only did we tape the camera to the board.
But we needed to tape the card in. Because with all that vibration and slamming things around, the memory cards kept popping out. But, we got some incredibly unique angles, and in the process we destroyed a camera, but that's okay we got some pretty cool shots. The wrist strap, is one of those thing I wanted to love. It's convenient and it's very comfortable to wear, but for something like action sports, as much as the riders are having to move their hands around, not so much. If you thought the head strap was disorienting, the wrist strap takes motion sickness to a whole new height.
While the Red Rock cage was really useful, and we mounted it in some great places, we had to be careful. This is some pretty heavy duty hardware, and the last thing you want, is your rider falling on a giant metal rod and stabbing themselves. Use it to get in those hard-to-reach places. Take advantage of some of the mounting points and gaff and grip gear that you already have, and this will give you a whole new world of options for connecting the camera. With both the steadicam curve and the smoothie, it's important that you practice your technique before the day of the shoot.
We found by using our thumbs and gently balancing out the unit so it was really stable, we can get some smooth shots, particularly panning with the action. What we can't do is chase after our subject. Neither of these units is designed for a full speed run, for smooth videography. It's good for walking, quickly panning, twisting, bending, and rising, but full out speed run, not so good. Just make sure you do some practicing ahead of time, and that you match the rate of movement to what the device will support.
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