I have been at various locations all week, shooting with the DSLR kit. Go back about a year, I persuaded my boss that we should buy a glidetrack after witnessing it in action through my friend Ian Gibbons at Panvista Productions. It’s awesome…I love using it for establishing shots on shoots, with a foreground object and the background slipping past each other beautifully and revealing the scene. Often needs a few takes so get one where the slider doesn’t stick to the rails…but it’s worth it for the jump in production value it brings to a video.
Now I thought the glidetrack might have to take a back seat when we recently added the Hague k14 to our kit, with the idea of it to taking me a step further in getting more cinematic motion into my videos…but it turns out the glidetrack has a trick up it’s sleeve to keep it from collecting dust in the studio.
I had 30mins to spare on a shoot this week, and being inspired by the scenery, I decided to experiment with the glidetrack. I have always used it with a Velbon tripod head (without the arm attached), but only ever horizontally. The shots below are what I was able to achieve by using the glidetrack in a more vertical orientation…and also making use of that stupid strap I’d been meaning to remove all week!
So yes…I was back out the next day using this technique for another shoot…and every shot I attempted will 100% make the cut! The Hague jib is going to have to do something pretty special if it wants to join my kit on these photography tutorial shoots. This technique is only one day old at the time of writing (for me anyway!…I did check google and found a video from 2010 with someone showing 2 seconds of crane shots with a glidetrack)…but I think I’m going to keep at it for a while and see what results it brings…