Using a Tripod for Ground Level Filming

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

Using a Tripod for Ground Level Filming

  • Tripod
  • Ankle weight
  • Video Camera

    Step 2: Attach tripod mount to camera

    Using a Tripod for Ground Level Filming

    Step 3: Attach camera to tripod

    Using a Tripod for Ground Level Filming

    Step 4: Rotate head of tripod so that it is 90 degrees with respect to the legs

    Using a Tripod for Ground Level Filming

    Step 5: Pull one of the tripod legs up as shown. Add counter balance weights to the other two legs

    Using a Tripod for Ground Level Filming
    Using a Tripod for Ground Level Filming

    Step 6: Lift tripod with single leg. Adjust weights/extensions until the unit is balanced.

    Using a Tripod for Ground Level Filming

    Step 7: Example Footage

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