There are so many things that you can do with a monopod and in this video Jordy Vandeput from Cinecom demonstrates 5 somewhat less common uses of this useful tool.
The simplest way to create motion with a monopod is to push it forward or backwards and make sure you stay in focus you can mimic a slider movement by rotating the camera plate. The second trick is to try and make the monopod work like a stadicam – this is a poor’s man solution but in a pinch you can try it. The third option is to make the monopod as short as possible and hold it against your body in a way which mimics a selfie stick – this way you can take very steady selfie videos while moving.
The final two tips are for shooting while driving (no don’t shoot and drive – have somebody else drive while you shoot). The simple first tip is to use the monopod and hold it with the head of the front chair to shoot the driver while he or she drives the car. Finally you can get really cool low angle shots upside-down with a monopod – this is cool but risky – be careful and you can connect paper to the top of your camera so that it will touch the ground first and not the camera if you are not careful.
One of our first videos here on LensVid was about useful ways of using a monopod – you should definitely check it out here.
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