New angles and camera movements

Today’s video cameras can be mounted on helmets, drones and can even fit into your home plumbing! The world is full of images we’ve never seen before and it’s time to explore these numerous possibilities.

Most cameras on the market weigh much less than they used to and most of them can capture great HD-quality video images at a relatively low price. Since it’s now possible to think like a full- fledged cinematographer, why not try to get the same shots?

You can make great sequences by just moving the camera away from directly in front of your face. You’ll get shots NOT taken from the usual five or six feet above the ground. And you’ll show us the world in a way we are not used to. Thanks to camera movements, you can transport your viewers to a place they’ve never been before, or would never of dreamed of going.

There are several camera mounts available on the market, from a simple mini-tripod to a flying drone controlled by your smartphone. Your time has come to show the world in a whole new way…

Two accessories for a great start

A mini-tripod and a suction cup with a ball head can be great to start your framing experiments. Obviously, they have to be sturdy enough to support your camera without risk of falling.

With a small tripod, you can position your camera almost anywhere without setting it on the ground and getting it dirty. A good quality suction cup will stick to a windshield or any other smooth hard surface on whatever vehicle you choose. (You should still stand close by and use a safety strap..)

A few short tests should give you plenty of ideas of ways to capture images that will be original, entertaining and inspiring. Then it’s up to your creativity to integrate these images into your video projects.

Maybe it’s time for slow motion

A word about slow motion: if you’re looking for ultra slow motion as seen on sports replays, you’re going to need specialty equipment. The top slow motion effect available for most DSLRs and hybrid cameras is currently about 120 frames per second. If viewed at a “normal” 30 frames per second, 120 fps will not get you the spectacular shots you see on TV. Be warned. If you let your editing software create slow motion by using lower frame rates, things will get choppy below 15 fps.