Posted 18 April 2011 - 09:52 AM
I need to get a tripod for the camera. We're going to be shooting some customer testimonials and also a number of other videos.
There's a real variation in prices for tripods. I don't even know how to start comparing them. I see Amazon.com has tripods for as little as $10, where my local Bestbuy has some that are several hundred dollars.
So, does anyone know what I should be looking for? Height? Sturdiness?
If anyone has any recommendations they'd be greatly appreciated!
Posted 18 April 2011 - 11:00 AM
For me, the biggest single factor when selecting a tripod (after weight) is the locking mechanisms (and there are typically 8-12 of them). When I lock that camera into a specific position, I need it to STAY locked. A lot of cheaper tripods, in my experience, don't have reliable locks. Other features that are useful might include a leveling bubble, a quick release (attaches to the camera and snaps directly onto the tripod), and the availability of a good rolling base (for the studio, of course).
Unfortunately, I can't offer any more specific recommendations, and certainly nothing current. A good tripod should last you most of a lifetime . . . and mine have.
If you're going to be photographing or filming human beings, be sure to invest in a couple of good reflectors, too. There are very few lighting situations that can't be improved by carefully placed reflectors to help shape and color the shadows of the human face. A big white poster board will work in a pinch. A gold colored reflector will flatter most skin tones tremendously. You can prop up your reflectors with a handy chair or invest in a few light weight stands specifically designed for that purpose. Lots and lots of options, ranging from five bucks to several hundred dollars. Dollar for dollar, though, and pound for pound, reflectors will enhance your work more than probably any other investment.
You are embarking on a journey.
Posted 18 April 2011 - 11:19 AM
If just indoors on nice flat floor then a cheap one will do. If you are going to be going places, light weight, and if on unlevel ground, maybe one with spikes...
Posted 18 April 2011 - 01:12 PM
Posted 18 April 2011 - 03:01 PM
Then again, Wit didn't actually say it was his lip he was biting?
Posted 17 May 2011 - 05:29 PM
Also I use vibration resistant lenses to help keep the shot clear.
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