As good for movement shots as it is for still frames, a gimbal is becoming a go-to piece of kit for videographers, offering a variety of shots which in the edit can make your video content look super slick.

A pivoted support tool that allows rotation and movement on or around an axis, it’s something of a game changer for content creators. So what? So many possibilities – a gimbal is an essential piece of kit for the modern content creator because of the sheer adaptability and the multi-purpose use of the equipment. Here are seven ways to use a gimbal to maximum effect.

Create smooth, fluid movement

Get the ultimate tracking shot by circling your subject (with them in the centre as best as possible) or by following a subject in the centre of the frame instead of using a steadicam or hand-held shots which can be excessively shaky as you move. The gimbal creates fluid movement from which to follow a subject from whatever way you want it to.

No tripod, no problem

Eliminate movement entirely by using the gimbal like a tripod to get a super sharp footage, if you keep your body as steady and still as possible. This function is also great for slow pans and tilts when you don’t have the benefit of a tripod to keep the shot steady. It’s obviously not the same as having a tripod, but it more often than not does the job.

Mini-drone crane shot

Get down on your knees as low as you can go and get your subject in focus, then slowly lift yourself up whilst holding the gimbal steady to get a seriously slick shot moving from a low perspective to a high one in a relatively short space of time with very minimal effort.

From chest to hip

Hold the gimbal from the area between the chest and hip for optimum functionality. This is also because of the natural position and strain and how the gimbal was designed in the first place.

Next shot, next shot

Allowing content creators to shoot nimbly in less time than before, switch up your shots effortlessly by moving from one style to the next with a gimbal. Your camera will move easily in different ways at a greater speed and efficiency than if a gimbal wasn’t used. If you’re after a variety of shots in a short space of time, the gimbal is one of the ultimate tools. Just because a gimbal has many means and uses doesn’t mean that every single style of shot will work in the production you’re doing, though. Remember to shoot for the edit and always have a plan of how certain shots will feature in the story you’re trying to tell. Be smart and efficient with it.

Lightweight, heavy working

Though it might look like a clunky piece of kit, the gimbal is actually a nifty, lightweight piece of equipment. In saying that, don’t expend your energy all at once. It is quite tiring panning, tilting, controlling the shot by using your body to get the visuals you want, so prepare and use your energy wisely when operating a gimbal.

Invert the shot

Just using the straightforward functionality of the gimbal? Not until you’ve inverted the shot and seen everything from a different perspective. Try it out…

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