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.

Supplies:

Step 1: Materials

  • Tripod
  • Ankle weight
  • Video Camera

Step 2: Attach Tripod Mount to Camera

Step 3: Attach Camera to Tripod

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

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

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

Step 7: Example Footage

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    9 Discussions

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    PhotoMaster

    4 years ago

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

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    seamster

    4 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    VadimSseamster

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

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

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    jingle4seamster

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Knextremely stupid

    4 years ago

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

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    AngryRedhead

    4 years ago on Introduction

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