Elevate your camera: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, November 1st, 2013

Using a jib to elevate your camera

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A great way to create more interesting video perspectives is to raise your camera higher. Positioning the camera above any scene gives a unique view—and putting the camera into motion from that position can result in really dynamic shots.

In this week’s video, we look at a couple of tools for raising your camera up higher, and discuss techniques for getting the most out of elevated shots.

This week we cover

• Using a monopod to extend your reach
Learn why a monopod is one of the easiest ways to get the camera up higher and extend it into a scene.

• What is a jib?
A jib is an extremely popular way of elevating the camera, while also putting it into motion. We’ll check out all the various features and parts of a jib system.

• Operating a jib
Catch up with director of photography Jim Ball and learn about some hard-won techniques for operating a jib.

• Real-world examples
We’ll evaluate several elevated shots from a recent music video shoot, breaking down what worked and what didn’t.

Check out the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on lynda.com. By getting the camera off a tripod and up higher, you’ll get more engaging shots for your next project.

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