4 Creative Ideas for Shooting with a Gimbal

The COOPH magazine recently published a new video with four ideas for using gimbals to make creative looking scenes in a relatively easy way.

The guys from COOPH used the DJI Ronin S to demonstrate camera movements that would usually be out of reach for most shooters with relatively low budgets.  Here are some of their ideas:

  1. Using a pole – by attaching the gimbal to a long pole (you can use anything – a long strong mic pole or even a broomstick) using a super clamp and holding it from both hands (you will need two people for that) you can shoot some really cool hovercam style shots which are quite expensive (and costly to shoot any other way).
  2. Path cloaning – all you need to do here is to set the gimbal on a tripod and set a path so that the gimbal will move across the pre-planned path and each time you att something different in the path and you combine everything in post.
  3. Matching on location – this requires a movement of your main subject – some close-up shot (for example that of legs walking and different locations – shoot the same movement or a very similar one in different locations while moving backward and combine it all in post.
  4. Underworld transition – this is an interesting cinematic trick – find two locations – in the first you need a way to bring the gimbal below ground level (a hole in the ground or a taller patch of ground) and another location where you could continue the scene but with a different “vibe”. You can twist the camera when you move from one “side” to another.

COOPH are known for having really cool DIY videos. Over the years we published many of their videos including “6 Cool UV Photography Tips“, “Tips for Shooting “The Elements””,  7 Cool and Funky Photography Tips, “6 Cool DIY Photography Gifts that You Can Make Yourself“, 7 Simple DIY Hacks that Will Help you Improve Your Photography and just before that 7 DIY Photography Tips – Using Inexpensive Household Objects – both of which we highly recommend if you are into DIY and photography, more recently “9 Simple Tricks & Hacks To Up Your DIY Photography“. More recntly we published – 7 Tips for Stills Life Photography.

You can find more cool COOPH cool video on this subsection of LensVid as well as many more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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