This post will give you 5 monopod tips for shooting video that make you look like a professional videographer.
See these 5 helpful monopod tips in this video made by Canon. It's a bit tongue in cheek because it uses a hot blond model, but it will give you some great tips on using a monopod when shooting video. Then, there are a series of links to articles about monopods below the video.
One of two monopod tips that were not mentioned in the video is to set your monopod height before you start shooting. You have to plan or anticipate the angle your camera will be aimed at your subject. This is more relevant and important with sports photography or wildlife photography where you have to shoot quickly.
Aiming your camera downward at a subject on the ground will raise the viewfinder or lcd screen higher. Shooting at an upward angle will lower your viewfinder or lcd screen. Whether you are sitting or standing, you may not have the time to adjust the monopod height when the action begins.
The second of the monopod tips I wanted to give you is to find something to lean your back or shoulder against. This secondary point of stability combined with the sturdy monopod support will diminish the likelihood of getting blurry photos from any camera movement.
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As a footnote, one of the techniques that some photographers try is to use a monopod with feet to get added stability. These are not at all practical when you are out doing nature photography like that shown in the video above, but there are instances when monopods with feet may be desirable.
One of the weaknesses with this kind of monopod is the legs take longer to open compared to a traditional tripod. Also the feet often don't have a good mechanism to lock and prevent movement.
Of course, the feet add additional weight to carry as well and one of the advantages of using a monopod is its lightweight portability.
Another big disadvantage to using a monopod with feet is that they feet can't adjust to different angles or lengths. Monopods and tripods can both be easily used at angles and on uneven ground.
Another one of the monopod tips I picked up on during my research was on how to use a monopod to get your camera closer to your subject. When you can't get yourself closer because of a physical barrier, a monopod will help.
Think of your monopod as way to make your arm 5 feet longer. You may need a long shutter cord to release the shutter or you may have to use the self timer feature on your camera. This is easy to do with a lightweight point-and-shoot camera be cause it is so light. It can be challenging to support the weight of a dSLR and lens when your monopod is fully extended.
I hope these monopod tips are helpful for you in evaluating and using monopods. If so please share this web site with anyone who might want some digital photography tips too.
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