Learn How to Properly Balance a Gimbal Head From This Video Tutorial

Is your tripod gimbal head balanced correctly? Many people misunderstand what a properly balanced gimbal is, but this video walks through how to get things set up right.

Steve Perry from Backcountry Gallery has a new video tutorial that goes through common problems with setting up gimbal heads. When everything is balanced like it should be, it makes even heavy super-telephoto prime lenses and pro DSLR camera bodies feel featherlight. As Perry says in the video, it also makes framing up shots in anticipation for action or for animals to face the right way much better since you don’t have to continually hold onto the camera.

After balancing out your camera and lens on the gimbal, it’s a good idea to mark with either a paint pen or with tape where the balancing point is. I find that this makes the initial set up when I’m mounting my lens much faster as I have a guide to get very close to where it things need to be.

Do you have any of your own tips for working with gimbal heads? Share them in the comments below.

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Dale West's picture

Learned something from this video. Thank you. But here is a criticism about something I see a lot on these videos. If you have a second camera shooting a different angle try something besides a matched focal length and for heaven sake talk to that camera once in a while or change the focal length so the shots don match up so closely. This is the perfect tool to use when you have to do pick ups. Use the 2nd camera shot so you don't have to make jump edits. Another option might be to bring the B camera close to the A camera and make it a wider shot or a tighter shot. Obviously the background will have a say in how you frame up. But give it a try you might find it makes for more interesting videos.

Steve Perry = Legit. One of the best photography channels on YouTube.