Your humble tripod can be more than just a stand. We run through a few of the ways you can use a tripod to create dramatic effects and shots with minimal effort
It’s possible to spend a fortune on videography. Getting all the gear, accessories, tools, sliders and rigs you feel you need to achieve the shots you want is a pursuit that could easily run you into thousands of pounds of expenditure.
Good news, though: it doesn’t have to. While heavy-duty equipment is often necessary for spectacular shots, there are a number of ways you can use everyday equipment to recreate cool effects simply through a bit of creativity.
In the video above we look at the humble tripod. Stop thinking of your three-legged friend as a stand and start thinking of him as a tool and you’ll find your options really start to expand. In the video above we run through a few specific shots you can use your tripod to recreate. Perfect for filmmaking on a budget!
Here are the shots we’ll show you how to create:
In a fall-down crane shot, the camera moves in a downward arc towards the subject, while a rise-up crane shot does the opposite. It’s called a crane shot because ideally you’d be using just that, however it’s easy enough to recreate with your tripod, as we demonstrate in the video.
Fair warning though: this is a rather dramatic shot. Don’t overdo it. You’ll look weird.
In a tracking shot, the camera follows a person physically as they move. In big film productions it’s often achieved using a track, however a decent stabilisation system will also do the trick. A few adjustments to your tripod and it can help you achieve a decent tracking shot.
If you want to keep your camera steady then you need a decent amount of weight to counterbalance it. Your tripod should be able to provide that, as long as you hold it in the right way.
You can get a decent recreation of a slider shot using a tripod. This is one where you might want to use a little post-production stabilisation on the end product, though. Just a touch!
Intrigued? Watch the video above to see how it’s done!
Check out our other tutorials for some top tips, such as how to master your monopod.