Equipment Etiquette: Balancing the Camera (Camera Lesson 22)

Summary: Ryan shows you how to properly balance your camera so that you can effectively pan and tilt when operating.

Length: 4:42 minutes

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If you want to get the best performance out of your tripod head, and you want to make your job easier as you pan and tilt your camera, then you need to balance your camera. In this video, I’m going to show you how to do just that.

Balancing Your Camera

Being able to get great results while you pan and tilt your camera takes more than just having a great fluid head tripod. It also takes having a well balanced camera system. If you do not have a well balanced camera system, then you will find yourself fighting your camera’s inertia as you pan and tilt. So while the movement from the fluid head will be nice and smooth, it will be difficult for you to come to an accurate and precise stop. That’s why, at the start of each day or when you change the configuration and setup of your camera, you need to take the time to properly balance it.

Balance camera with sliding plate (Camera Lesson 22)

The most important piece of kit that you can have to help you balance…

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