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  •  Shoot better videos with your own POGOCAM! (15+ / 0-)

    For videophiles - do you want smoother and stabler videos while staying mobile? There's a simple and inexpensive way to do your own 'Steadicam' shots, let me show you how;

    A 'Pogocam' is a poor man's 'Steadicam' - and this is a poor man's Pogocam, for your videocamera or DSLR. Basically, all you need is an inexpensive Monopod to mount the camera on, with a weight at the bottom;



    You see that the Monopod is slightly extended, to give a longer angle of momentum, and the attached weight at the bottom gives a counterbalance to the camera on top. Here I'm using what's known as a 'grip head', but you can use a spare ankle or wrist 'wrap' type weight from your gym to serve the same purpose.


    The 'finger' in the first photo is pointing at the approximate gripping point you will hold the rig at, it's the balance point between the camera and the bottom weight. The Pogocam will give you the ability to move and follow your subject, and dampen out most of the 'shake' and motion movement. And of course, when you get tired or want a stable shot, just extend the monopod and set it on the ground. Even if you don't do this, a monopod is a great accessory to carry for photos, because of it's lightness and cheap cost. I use a 'Manfrotto MM394', it and the grip head together only cost $35! You can also improve your hold by wrapping bike handlebar tape etc. to the gripping point. Believe me, once you try this, you'll be amazed at the difference. Now go out and do some vidding!!

    Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave. - Roy Batty

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 05:25:43 PM PDT

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