Use Your Tripod to Create Video That Looks Like You Used a Slider

Now that many of us are shooting with DSLR cameras that handle both photo and video we often find ourselves doing a bit of both. For example, while I specialize in shooting weddings it is nice to be able to capture a bit of video of my clients and use it in a slideshow such as those done in Animoto or Lightroom 5. While I would love to invest in a slider for the videos, it is just not in my budget and would not be used enough. This video tip by Fenchel & Janisch will show how to get similar shots to those done with a slider, using the tripod you already own.

While this tip might not be new news, it is a great reminder at how we can use gear that we already have to create the shots we need without spending extra money. This week I am photographing a wedding for some clients that asked if I would be able to grab a few video shots as well for them. While they know I don't proclaim to be a videographer they are excited to know that they will have some video along with their photos to remember the day by. As I watched the video tip from Fenchel & Janisch it was great reminder for me on how to pull off some of the video portions at the wedding and create some sweeping shots even though I will not have a slider at my disposal.

Here is a video put together by Fenchel & Janisch showing an end product using the technique.

What simple tips do you use in your own work? Share your tips in the comments below.

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Very good !!!

Good information. The slow motion is fairly important, as is the quality of the tripod. It works in a pinch but can give some pretty shaky footage as well.

Bob Bell's picture

Nice one :)


Very creative technique, thanks for sharing!


Will give this certainly a try,

How does one rack focus while tilting and turning?

Monopod warrants better results. Especially if you have one that goes 10ft. Faking jib shots.

a focus puller would still seem necessary. other than that, i totally dig it.