Introduction: Using a Tripod for Ground Level Filming

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This setup will allow you to film something low to ground such as a dog or a toddler. It takes about 2 minutes to setup and works pretty well. See build and demonstration video below. See footage at last step.

Step 1: Materials

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  • Tripod
  • Ankle weight
  • Video Camera

Step 2: Attach Tripod Mount to Camera

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Step 3: Attach Camera to Tripod

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Step 4: Rotate Head of Tripod So That It Is 90 Degrees With Respect to the Legs

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Step 5: Pull One of the Tripod Legs Up As Shown. Add Counter Balance Weights to the Other Two Legs

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Step 6: Lift Tripod With Single Leg. Adjust Weights/extensions Until the Unit Is Balanced.

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Step 7: Example Footage

Comments

PhotoMaster (author)2015-01-01

All of my tripods have the link between the legs, but this instructable has convinced me to get one of the non-linked tripods.

seamster (author)2014-12-29

This looks like a pretty good idea!

However, don't most tripods have a little three-arm support sliding/brace thing in the middle section that would prohibit raising an arm like this? I know both of mine do, but perhaps that's not a universal feature.

VadimS (author)seamster2014-12-29

I have three, and they all have a linkage in the middle to keep the arms even.

jingle4 (author)VadimS2014-12-30

I'm far from a tripod expert. From my Amazon and Google searches, it looks like it's a toss-up between linkage and non-linkage. It also doesn't look like price is a factor since you can buy low cost versions in either style.

https://www.google.com/search?q=tripod&safe=off&rl...

VadimS (author)jingle42014-12-30

Aether way, it's definitly a good instructable.

jingle4 (author)seamster2014-12-29

Thank you.

From my limited internet search, it looks like the style shown in this instructable is the most common. Note that you might have a nicer version. This tripod cost ~ $30.

Natalielge1 (author)2014-12-30

Oh! This technology is exciting. Thanks for share with us.

Knextremely stupid (author)2014-12-29

Pov!!!! I hope thats not what im thinking btw cute dog and good idea

AngryRedhead (author)2014-12-29

Clever hack! I can see this being used in MANY different ways such as POV. :)

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