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Creative Cinematic Tricks Using Only Your Tripod

By Hanssie on March 30th 2015

As starving artists, we don’t always have the funds to purchase every piece of equipment our little heart desires, plus every other week, there seems to be a new piece of gear we “must have.” So, we are forced to beg, borrow, rent, and hopefully, eventually one day, we buy it, only to have another new “must have” item be announced; the neverending process of being a photographer.

While we diligently save our pennies, we have to be creative with the equipment we do own. Sometimes, that may mean a trip to Home Depot to get the materials for a DIY project, while other times, we find ways to use our current equipment to do what we need it to do.


If our workshop Photography 101 taught you anything, it is that you can make great images using minimal gear. But can you make great video effects using only a tripod? Yes, you can and in the following video, Jordy Vandeput of shows us 5 cinematic camera tricks you can create using only a Manfrotto tripod. By thinking creatively and using only a tripod, he shows you to recreate the effects of a jib or crane, a steadicam, drone, selfie shot or a 360 Spin. Jordy also talks about two types of tripods – a photo tripod and a video tripod – and the benefits of each.

So, if you’re looking to create some cinematic effects in your videos and don’t want to spend any money, pick up your tripod and watch the video below!

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For more information on the Photography 101 workshop and to learn all the basics of photography and maybe some things you didn’t know (like Tanya shared in her article, 5 SURPRISING LESSONS I LEARNED FROM PHOTOGRAPHY 101), click here.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    funny video

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  2. Visan Chao

    Thank you for all the tips.
    Loves the upside down trick with the tripod! as my Steadicam Merlin won’t allow me to get too close to the ground.

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  3. Jason Pasqua

    jib movement definitely a winner!

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  4. Brandon Dewey

    great tips

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  5. Greg Silver

    Really like the 1st tip (Jib movement) – will be trying that out!

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