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Shoot strategies

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All right, Rich. Make minor adjustments.

Shoot strategies

All right, Rich. So we've talked about sort of the components of this slider. >> Yap. >> We talked about mounting up to the tripod, leveling things off. But now it's actually time to shoot with it. And I gotta be honest, It takes a little practice to get comfortable with a slider. >> Yeah. >> It's not as simple as just, you know, kind of pointing that where you want to shoot and going from there. It requires a little practice and a little technique. And just the mechanics of this particular slider are actually really nice. It's a very smooth track. You can see as I slide, it extends out to one side or another, keeping the overall slider nice and compact.

But are a couple of techniques we should talk about. First, let's just assume that I'm not doing any panning or tilting on the actual head itself for right now. >> Well, one of the issues that you are going to face, of course is focus, and you have to decide. Do you want the thing to stay in focus for the entire move, or do you want to let things fall off. Now, the set up you have here, I would focus on the object, depending on where the object was placed as you moved, pulling focus would be difficult. >> Yep. >> But you could. With a little bit of practice. Make minor adjustments. >> Absolutely, and that's where thing, you know things like a loop getting right back on the back of the camera, or an external monitor are going to be, you know helpful in that situation.

>> And multiple takes are going to be helpful, because you're not going to get it on the first try. >> Absolutely, now when it comes to the actual movement itself. You really kind of have sort of, two overall techniques. First would be to actually grab sort of, the handle if you will, on the tripod head, and do a nice movement there trying to be nice and slow and deliberate. I personally don't like moves that are like this. >> Right. >> They sort of like, these whips and these really fast moves and go nice and slow. As you're going through the track. Now some people like that method.

Another method that I like. >> Well before you switch, one of the things I want to point out, you know, you had a nice loose grip on there, which is important. >> Yeah. >> You don't want to be grabbing this. This is not a tennis racket, or a golf club. A gentle grip where it's sort of cradled. I'll sometimes go as far as just take my finger and thumb. And just get enough movement. >> You've got to keep it going. >> For sure. Now, the other method that I like, which is sort of similar, but sort of gives you more hands on approach to the actual unit, is to kind of just push and pull. So in other words, instead of just grabbing the tripod handle here, I can just come up to the edges here.

And just push and the reason I like this is I feel like I'm a little bit more directly connected to the unit itself, and you can see nice, smooth deliberative movements, but as you said, Rich, I'm not having a death grip on this. I'm very sort of conscious of my movements, because I don't want to vibrate. >> Yeah. >> And shake things, and move the whole tripod. >> And I find that depending on your shooting style, you can experiment with the pull versus the push. >> Yup. >> It's really important thought that these teeth here, the belt, stay on the actual grid.

So be careful that this doesn't come off. But you know all in all it's whatever makes you feel comfortable as you're shooting. >> Yap. >> Some people will turn this handle, so it's faced a little bit more upright. >> Yep. Making it a little bit easier to grab. >> Well now, getting back to the tripod head itself, there's a kind of an advanced way of using this slider, and that would be to sort of open up your your controls here for panning and tilting. And, instead of keeping this sort of locked down as it's moving, of course, you can sort of frame up the shot as needed. Prior to actually beginning the, the slide. But what we can do is we could open this up and I could as I'm sliding I could tilt down or I can pan to the left as I'm sliding.

Now, you want to talk about practice, this is kind of a move that's really going to need some practice in doing multiple takes of this to kind of figure out sort of the body mechanics of panning, tilting, and sliding all at the same time. >> Yeah. >> I found that it's good to have a buddy sometimes. So in other words you could be controlling the push of the slide, and I could be controlling the panning and tilting. >> And what I also find sometimes useful is make sure you tether your camera to an external monitor or perhaps use an electronic view finder. That's going to make it a lot easier to see. One more technique and it's an easy one.

>> Yeah. >> Just rotate the camera ninety degrees. >> Absolutely. >> And let's just put that front leg out. >> Sure. >> There we go. And you could put this, so it's going towards. We'll just loosen this up a little bit here. >> Yap. >> And you have to be careful not to shoot down into the actual slider, but you now have another movement. >> Yeah, and this is really nice. I mean, again, after shooting drama, or something like that, and you sort of want to accentuate sort of an emotional moment, you know, you can pull away, or you could push in to the actual subject.

And it gives you sort of that side to side movement, but also the in to out movement, which is nice. So, Rich, we've talked about sliding side to side. We've talked about going in and out. There's sort of one hybrid type movement and that's kind of going in a diagonal setup. >> Yep. >> The cool thing about doing the diagonal setup is that it kind of gives you an interesting look, sort of a parallax look. So as you're sliding, you're kind of coming away or going in at an angle. And this is really fun for all sorts of subjects, interviews included. Product shots, things of that nature. >> Yeah.

Essentially, you're going to be working with the soft focus, and this gives you a lot of options. Why don't we go ahead and take a look at some of the results we got using this rig?

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Video Gear Weekly

105 video lessons · 12155 viewers

Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman
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  1. 15m 50s
    1. Developing GoPro time-lapses NEW
      1m 17s
    2. Importing NEW
      3m 56s
    3. Processing NEW
      6m 46s
    4. Evaluating footage NEW
      3m 51s
  2. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome to Video Gear Weekly
      2m 31s
  3. 5m 35s
    1. Creating a panning time-lapse
      48s
    2. Building a timer head
      1m 37s
    3. Using a pro head
      2m 3s
    4. Setting up the cameras
      1m 7s
  4. 19m 17s
    1. The Garmin Vibe Elite
      1m 10s
    2. Beneficial features of the Garmin Virb Elite
      6m 8s
    3. Drawbacks of the Garmin Virb Elite
      5m 3s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      6m 56s
  5. 11m 13s
    1. Small lights
      54s
    2. Battery operated lights
      3m 43s
    3. Lowel Blender
      2m 41s
    4. Lowel Portable Spotlight
      3m 55s
  6. 26m 35s
    1. Professional headphones
      1m 20s
    2. When to use and not use headphones
      4m 39s
    3. Types of headphones
      7m 19s
    4. Additional headphone features
      8m 21s
    5. Why you may want to use multiple headphone types
      4m 56s
  7. 12m 22s
    1. What is a Parabolic Slider?
      1m 22s
    2. Building the Slider
      1m 41s
    3. Setting Focus
      1m 4s
    4. Adjusting the Speed of Movement
      2m 13s
    5. Evaluating the Results
      6m 2s
  8. 11m 24s
    1. DJI Quadcopters
      2m 35s
    2. Calibrating the Quadcopter
      2m 12s
    3. Flying Strategies
      2m 48s
    4. Evaluating the Footage
      3m 49s
  9. 26m 53s
    1. Ultra fast primes
      2m 26s
    2. Benefits of using fast primes
      6m 25s
    3. Challenges of using fast primes
      10m 22s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      7m 40s
  10. 6m 57s
    1. Keeping Your Gear Safe
      46s
    2. Keeping Gear Dry
      3m 0s
    3. Using Camera Wraps
      1m 11s
    4. Using Lens Wraps
      2m 0s
  11. 38m 18s
    1. Introduction to the Panasonic GH4
      1m 31s
    2. Beneficial features of the Panasonic GH4
      7m 42s
    3. Drawbacks of the Panasonic GH4
      6m 18s
    4. Menu options of the Panasonic GH4
      13m 59s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      8m 48s
  12. 15m 6s
    1. Making everyone look their best on camera
      1m 30s
    2. What does a makeup artist or stylist do?
      3m 31s
    3. Products used to fight shine
      5m 8s
    4. Applying Anti-Shine
      4m 57s
  13. 16m 49s
    1. The adaptable GoPro
      1m 7s
    2. Stealth
      3m 57s
    3. Adding filters
      3m 1s
    4. Shooting Anamorphic footage
      2m 19s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 25s
  14. 21m 17s
    1. Introduction to the Zoom H4n
      1m 52s
    2. Recording to an iPad or iPhone
      4m 21s
    3. Attaching directly to a camera
      4m 28s
    4. Using a Tascam recorder
      5m 12s
    5. Recording to a laptop
      5m 24s
  15. 11m 23s
    1. DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      52s
    2. Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 9s
    3. Limitations of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 15s
    4. Essential accessories for the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter (Field)
      4m 7s
  16. 7m 59s
    1. Using a loupe
      1m 0s
    2. Attaching a loupe
      2m 18s
    3. Adjusting the diopter
      4m 41s
  17. 16m 2s
    1. Charging on the go
      52s
    2. Starting out fully charged
      2m 24s
    3. Using an inverter
      4m 0s
    4. Using a solar charger
      2m 36s
    5. Using a battery pack
      2m 13s
    6. Strategies to extend battery life
      3m 57s
  18. 23m 6s
    1. Cheap lenses
      1m 40s
    2. Lomography
      5m 28s
    3. Fujian
      2m 26s
    4. LensBaby
      4m 6s
    5. SLR Magic
      2m 26s
    6. Evaluating the Footage
      7m 0s
  19. 20m 1s
    1. Sony a7
      1m 24s
    2. Beneficial features of the Sony a7
      6m 19s
    3. Drawbacks of the Sony a7
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Sony a7
      6m 36s
  20. 12m 11s
    1. What is a Tripod Top Slider?
      1m 8s
    2. Attaching the slider
      2m 17s
    3. Mounting and balancing the camera
      1m 36s
    4. Shoot strategies
      5m 7s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      2m 3s
  21. 14m 8s
    1. Remotely controlling cameras
      1m 5s
    2. Setting up the CamRanger
      4m 18s
    3. Panning with the CamRanger PT Hub
      3m 32s
    4. Evaluating the results
      5m 13s
  22. 12m 38s
    1. What are camera rails?
      1m 26s
    2. Adapting a tripod to hold multiple cameras
      3m 13s
    3. Shooting strategies
      2m 2s
    4. Using a micro rail
      2m 51s
    5. Evaluating the shots
      3m 6s
  23. 10m 26s
    1. What is a micro tripod?
      1m 29s
    2. Mounting a phone to a micro tripod
      2m 15s
    3. Mounting a GoPro to a micro tripod
      2m 1s
    4. Mounting a DSLR to a micro tripod
      1m 54s
    5. Evaluating the results
      2m 47s
  24. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing the Blackmagic 4K
      1m 30s
    2. Beneficial features of the Blackmagic 4K
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Blackmagic 4K
      4m 14s
    4. Menu options of the Blackmagic 4K
      7m 5s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      4m 53s

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