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1 First Place AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod
By AmazonBasics
9.8
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2 Yunteng VCT-288 Photography Tripod Monopod WIth Fluid Pan Head Quick Release Plate And Yunteng VCT-288 Photography Tripod Monopod WIth Fluid Pan Head Quick Release Plate And
By VCT
9.5
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3 Video Monopod with Feet,Cayer AT35DV+ 68 inch Aluminum Monopod Leg and K3 Pan Video Monopod with Feet,Cayer AT35DV+ 68 inch Aluminum Monopod Leg and K3 Pan
By Cayer
9.3
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4 Best Value Manfrotto Lightweight Element Monopod Red Alu (MMELEA5RD) Manfrotto Lightweight Element Monopod Red Alu (MMELEA5RD)
By Manfrotto
9.0
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5 DIGIANT MP-3606 2-in-1 Professional Telescoping Camera Monopod 70" Removable Camera Tripod Balance St DIGIANT MP-3606 2-in-1 Professional Telescoping Camera Monopod 70" Removable Camera Tripod Balance St
By DIGIANT
8.6
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6 Accu-Shot Standard Height Precision Rail Monopod With Quick Knob and Rail Mount Accu-Shot Standard Height Precision Rail Monopod With Quick Knob and Rail Mount
By Accu-Shot
8.3
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7 SIRUI P-326 6 Section Carbon Fiber Monopod SIRUI P-326 6 Section Carbon Fiber Monopod
By Sirui
8.1
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8 Sirui P-306 6-Section Aluminum Monopod Sirui P-306 6-Section Aluminum Monopod
By Sirui
7.8
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9 Manfrotto Xpro Monopod Plus Aluminum 4 Section, Black (MPMXPROA4US) Manfrotto Xpro Monopod Plus Aluminum 4 Section, Black (MPMXPROA4US)
By Bogen
7.3
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MONOPODS are the worst.... Said no one ever

- Usually keep these in my camera bagin case a filter gets stuck on one of the lenses.

All you gotta do is wrap this around your filter.

It gives you more leverage to unscrew itin case it gets stuck.

And you know, they pack flat,Super easy to carry in a camera bag.

But I don't know if you guys knew this about elastic,it's just the weirdest thing, alright.

If you put them between your fingers like thisand lock the other one behind itso there's no way out, right,you can't get out this way, you can't get out this way,but right here in the middle there's a soft spotwhere they just come apart.

I've just been trying to figure it out for so longand it doesn't make any sense.

Intro.

(bouncy music)What's up everybody?Peter McKinnon here and welcome back to another video.

Today's a blast from the past, ladies and gentlemen.

We're talking about one of the most beneficial,crucial, helpful filmmaking toolsthat you're just gonna grab for your kitand it's gonna go with you everywhere.

Ah, I can't even stress it enough.

I use this thing religiously for abouteight years every single day, and that is a monopod,but it's the specific model of monopod.

I'm not being paid to say any of this.

This is just a tool that I adapted early on into my workflowand it became invaluable to me,allowing me to get so many incredible camera movementswithout having to spend money on a gimbal,without having to spend money on a steady camor a glide cam or any sliders, nothing.

Just this monopod did so many things for me.

It allowed me to get slider shots,moving shots, shots up high, shots down low,super nice pans and tilts, just a whole myriad of thingsthis monopod was able to doand for that reason I felt the need, the desireto make a video on it today.

And as proof, here's a couple photosfrom like five, six years ago.

This is me using it on the street in my old job.

I used to have the C100 on it with a lapel micand I would rock that thing for days,like all day from like 10 AM until 10 PM.

And it did everything.

There wasn't anything else I brought with me.

If I had to go on a shoot, I'd bring the camera,the lenses, all that stuff, and my monopod.

If I didn't have my monopod I'd be like,"Huh, can't do this".

So I'm gonna run through with you guysfive different techniques that you can dousing your monopod, should you have this one,should you buy this exact model or something like it.

These are five camera moves that you can doand a few examples to just, you know,make your videos a little bit betterwithout having to break the bank,because let's be honest, gear is expensiveand we don't always want to drop that coinwhen we don't have to.

Let's begin.

So let's just start with the basic lean.

Holding that monopod with your camera stableon the front with the extended arm that comes out the sidejust leaning forward and leaning backis gonna get you really nice smooth pans.

What's really great about this particular moveis revealing a subject, revealing somebodylike my friend Gabriel here leaning against this fence,checking out some shots on the camera.

Being able to start really closeand just lean backwards to reveal more of the sceneor just a landscape, anything like that.

This move is particularly good at it.

I love doing this.

And the nice thing about this tripodis because it has three feet,if you want to lean even more forward,you'll see the feet have a ball bearing at the topand that can only go so far,but if you continue going, little trick,you just go past the allowed movementof that ball bearing and the feetkind of tip up on their tippy toes, if you will,and you've got even more range past that.

So you could start with the feet tipped up,pan all the way back, continue rocking backwith that ball bearing and you've gota really nice range of motion for a really dramatickinda cinematic looking lean shot.

I use this all the time, it's fantastic.

Alright, second up you have the lean and tilt.

Because this monopod has the optionof getting it with a fluid head,that fluid head is a nice pan and tilt up and down.

So when you're leaning forward and back with that camera,you want to start with the camera pointed up high,you're gonna tilt that camera down,as you're leaning forward you're gonna geta really, really nice shot.

The same thing with starting with it straight up,pointing straight into the skyand just leaning forward slightlyas you let that pan head just kind oftilt itself down automatically because it's a fluid head.

A fluid head, based on the amount of pressure you haveon the adjustment knob on the side,if you let it go, it might just go fast,if you tighten that knob down a little bitit goes nice and slow.

But these are kind of just beautifully smoothcamera moves that you don't need any electronics for.

You just untighten that knob and you let it go.

So when you work on that with the leanwith some kind of camera moveyou can get some extremely incredible results.

Here's me just messing around shooting some trees,straight up doing the whole lean thing.

Nothing crazy, but just to show you guysthe movement that you can get withsomething just like a monopod.

Okay, next up is the inverted follow.

That's if you wanna follow someone walking down a pathway,if you wanna follow something along the ground,a car, something driving, a bicycle,anything like that where you're following nice and low.

Just gonna flip the monopod completely upside down.

You can hold it by the top because it's three pronged feetyou can get your hand in there real nicelike a bird claw you can just hold the top thereand just float it along the groundkeeping an even distance between you and your subject.

You can get those nice feet shots,like I do all the time when I'm traveling,or like I said, following someone on a one wheelor anything at all, an animal,whatever requires a follow shot nice and low.

That is a great way to do itwithout having to take the camera off or use anything else.

You're just inverting it completely,you're walking heel toe so you get thatnice smooth steady cam walk, the ninja walkwhich is heal first, toe.

You don't want to big step stomping around.

Just nice and easy, and thenif that's not even smooth enough for you,you can warp stabilize that after in post.

I shoot all of these in 120 so that itactually makes that footage for memore stable right in camera.

So if you're shooting at a higher frame rate,like 120, it's gonna do that for you.

So that's the inverted follow.

Very easy to do, flip it around, have at it.

Alright, next up is just extending the monopodas far as it goes so it becomes a giant staff.

You're gonna hold that thing high in the airso you can get shots that you wouldn't normallybe able to get without having a ladderor being on top of a building or a zip lineor stilts or a jet pack or something like that.

But it works a lot better than you think it might,especially if you're shooting in 120 again.

So you hold that up, you're able to just kindarock that back, get a crazy vantage point,even lowering it down so it looks likeyou might be using a jib.

Now some of you might say, "What the heck's a jib, Peter?".

That's a crane shot, so when you seea starting shot out of a movie or somethingwhere it starts low, pans up really high.

Or maybe it comes down high and that crane movesall the way in to someone drivingto get out of their car and you're thinking,"How is that done?".

It's usually done with a jib.

So this is like the poor man's jibwhere you can just hold it up really, really highand start to bring it down slowlyand you correct for any kind of extra camera shake in post.

Now, are these ideal techniques?Are these the go-to at all times, no matter what?No, these are just some of the thingsI've been doing over the past maybe 10 yearshere with the monopod, shooting with iteight out of those 10 years.

So these have worked really well for me over the time.

Here's a shot of me doing this in New York back in 2012.

I was getting a closeup shot of those hanging lightsbecause they looked great, but they were way too high,so I just extended that thing,did a little sweeping slider shotway up there and it worked out beautifully.

So it seems very simple, but it's very effectivewhen you have something like thisthat can extend that high.

Okay, next up is the whip pan.

Now, being able to pan left and rightis very, very efficient when you can do it fast,especially if you want to whip into another scene,or start on this scene and whip into this scene.

But being able to do it handheldsometimes isn't the best because the camera goesup to high, or you're panning down,you've kinda got this vertical angle going onbecause you can't keep it perfectly straight.

Whereas, when you have it on a monopodwith that pivot ball bearing at the very basewith the feet, you're able to just whipback and forth very seamlesslywithout a lot of camera movement.

So like I said again, so if you don't havea gimbal that does a high-speed whip pan,something like this is a great, great, great substituteif you don't wanna just do it hand-held.

Alright, so a little bonus tip I'm gonna throw in therebecause I've used this particular model for so longis those feet are really great,but a good tip is to keep one of your feet on its footso that when you're rocking those lean moves,it's not gonna jump up on you or move out of the wayto cause some kind of shake in your footage.

I always keep my foot on there just for safetyin case someone walks byor might trip on it or who knows.

It just kinda anchors it on the ground a little bit more.

I like that, so it's a dumb little thing,but just keep your foot on it.

Another really nice thing about thisthat I really, really like is there's a levelbuilt into it so if you bring that pan tilt headback to 100%, you want to lock that offso it's nice and straight and level,so you know if you're doing an interviewor you're just holding that camera securewhile someone's talking,you know that you have it locked off level.

It's always nice to have.

I know it's a little thing, but those little thingswhen you add them all up just make a good product.

Keep in mind also, these are just techniquesthat you can adapt to any monopod.

I'm not saying buy this one.

I'm not saying this is the be all end all.

This is the one that I used for like eight years straight,but by no means am I saying it is the definitive.

You can use any of these techniqueswith anything that has a straight one leg support, right?If you want to put your camera on a tripodand collapse two of the legs so you only haveone leg sticking down, that would work fine, too.

This monopod just has the featuresbuilt into it like the fluid head.

You've got your hand on the body,you've got the feet on the ground,you've got your other hand on the handle.

That's giving you a really secure setup.

That's why I like it so much.

So I started using a monopod like this back in 2009when I got an internship working witha filmmaking film house kind of production houseand they had like 15 of them.

These guys took these monopods everywhere.

It was life or death.

They were never shooting without them.

They had them on the fieldswhile they were shooting NFL games,for a certain contract, the Army Navy games,they had them in wedding films and corporate shoots,any time they would head out into the field,these monopods were coming with them.

When I finally left that placeand I went to work for another companythat I worked for for eight yearsjust before I became a youtuber full-time,I adapted that monopod and used that for eight yearsof every single video shoot that we did.

So when we were on the street, when we were walking around,it was my right-hand man.

It was my one go-to item that I depended on entirely.

The other nice thing about it isit fit in the overhead with no problems.

I never had any problems bringing it to any counties.

So with all those benefits, including the traveland the size, it was just the right productto bring everywhere.

I almost left in Vancouver once.

I remember I leaned it up against the ticket counterand I did all my passport stuff,got my ticket, went all the waythrough security and sat down.

Then I realized, "Ah!"So I ran back through security,ran back to the ticket counter,it was still leaning against it.

I had to come back through, do everything again.

They were like, "Wait, weren't you just-"I was like, "Ah, long story: monopod.

""What?""Just nevermind, don't even worry about it.

""What's a monopod?""You know a tripod, yeah, one leg.

""Well, isn't that a-"So that's it guys, that's it for me.

I hope you enjoyed this video.

That was just kind of like a little spotlight, if you willon a tool that helped me out a lotover the past 10 years shooting videoboth professionally, armature, fun.

It was just something that I thought I would pass onthat maybe you guys could benefit from the same thing I did.

I hope you enjoyed it.

I have links below to a couple optionsif you want to check out monopods.

If not, that's totally cool, too.

I hope you have a fantastic day.

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