Gimbals are more popular now than they ever have been and their popularity will no doubt continue to rise in the future as they become more advanced, more accessible and higher-end features come to lower end and lower-cost models. But if you’ve never used one before, they can be a bit of a learning curve to get used to so that you’re shooting nice smooth steady footage.
That’s where Josh Morgan at Momentum Productions is here to help with this beginner’s guide to getting smooth and stable footage from your gimbal as quickly and easily as possible. In the video, Josh uses the Zhiyun Weebill 2 (review here) along with the Sony A7S III and Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lens to demonstrate some exercises to try in order to learn how to use your gimbal effectively.
The techniques Josh shows in the video aren’t new. In fact, they’re pretty commonly known amongst experienced gimbal operators. But when you’ve just bought your first gimbal, it can be difficult to know where to start once you’ve figured out how to balance your camera and power it up. Sure, your footage looks steadier than it did when you were just holding the camera directly in your hands, but the results look like they were shot on a gimbal. It’s slightly smooth and pretty stable, but the movements are robotic. When you accidentally turn, the gimbal jerks to follow. And as you walk, the camera visibly bounces up and down.
Josh addresses all of these issues and more in the video to show both how to hold your gimbal for the most stable and smooth results but also how to walk and pan with it to keep things smooth while the camera’s moving.
The techniques aren’t things you’ll master overnight but with some practise, you’ll be getting great results relatively quickly!