Gimbal filming has become increasingly popular. How to use gimbala? How to get stable shots? What are some good ideas for gimbala shots? For these questions I will try to answer in a maniacal guide.
We recently got a Feiyu Tech a2000 gimbal test – the idea for a quick tutorial on how to effectively film with such an accessory was to create this review: what to look out for and what to do to get the best out of gimbal. Below you will find some practical tips to help you squeeze out as much gimbala as you can.
Do not overload the gimbala
Some gimbals have a lifting capacity of up to two kilograms, but in any case, maximum weight will not affect the shots. Just as steadicam needs more weight, gimbal is best suited for lightweight cameras . That is why it is best when our camera kit + lens is much lighter than the declared maximum load.
Do not use an external microphone
Using an external microphone mounted in a special cradle causes gimbala microdrings . I do not know what the reason is (I'll look closer to that), but one thing is certain – the external microphone is obviously not meant to be filmed with the help of gimbal. Perhaps that is why manufacturers are offering extra handles that can directly attach a microphone or light instead of a hot shoe.
Use a wide-angle lens
The wider the lens, the more stable the shots will look. Therefore, I advise against using lenses narrower than 24-28 mm , because then you will have to walk very carefully to maintain stability. It is also a good idea to choose a glass that will have image stabilization – this will eliminate possible microdisplay.
The variable-focus kit gives you advice
A good and budgetary choice may be to use a kit lens. Using a wide angle in many cases, we can experience brightness at f / 3.5. The design of cheaper glasses is very simple, but it has some advantages – they weigh little. It gives you the opportunity to change the focal length, so in the open air we will be able to try shooting at the longest focal length without having to re-balance. In addition, these lenses are often stabilized, and they are also good at dealing with automatic sharpening, which will be very useful in the wide frame. And do not forget – they are very cheap, and this is also an important argument.
Replace the adapter with quick-release coupler
Any gimbal attachment may involve re-balancing, as we will not always be able to put the coupler in the same place. The solution may be to screw the adapter with a quick connector that matches the system we use. This will make the once balanced gimbal quickly put on the camera without having to adjust the balance. It's a quick and easy solution, but it adds a dozen grams of weight – remember that.
Move slowly and carefully
It may seem that having a gimbala is enough to have super-smooth shots. Then there is the mass of films that, despite the use of gimbal, lack stability. Reason? In addition to proper balance , the lightness of the steps to learn is also important . Try to put your feet on the ground gently, because ordinary walking can transfer minimal vibrations that will become noticeable. The strongest treadmill will not help the best gimbal. It is therefore worth to practice cautious walking.
Film from the ground
Gimbals allow you to film from a frog perspective. With the handle of the handle "upside down", the camera turns too. Thanks to that we can keep the camera a few centimeters above the ground, which will provide very interesting shots. One of them, for example, is walking behind someone with a camera – his legs are visible and the ground moves quickly. The amount of ideas is really big.
Turn around with a gimbal
Very interesting are the shots in which we walk with the gimbal around an object, while turning the handle so that the object stays at the same place in the frame. Thus , only the background behind the character or object is rotated . Such shots are really impressive, especially when we use a longer focal length, eg 50 mm. Filmed objects are very nice. Such a move can also be done with the help of staedicam, but in many cases he was put on one side, which sometimes could break the shot.
Use gimbal instead of slider
Thanks to the ability to block gimbal moves can (in some cases) replace the slider. If we carefully walk with him, we will be able to get the ride, which until now only slider guaranteed. With the difference that in the gimbal we have a greater range of movement than 60-100 cm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7UaUe_gKh4 This is the most important advice I have for you. If you have any thoughts about gimbal shooting, please write in the comments! More? See other maniac guides for photographers.