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Old November 17th, 2011, 02:07 AM   #1
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Slider Technique Advice Please

Hi All,

I have the Konova slider and it's great for the left to right shots, but I am having trouble with the back to front shots. I am using the slider with a Manfrotto 49RC2 and a t3i with battery grip so there is plenty of height. When I move my camera to the back of the slider the front of the slider comes into shot.

Opteka GlideTrack Test - YouTube this is the type of shot I am trying to recreate but I can only move the camera back around 5 inches before the slider comes back into frame making these kinds of shots impossible. Am I missing something?
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Old November 17th, 2011, 05:39 AM   #2
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Re: Slider Technique Advice Please

Have you tried using a longer lens. By that I mean a longer focal length, although a physically long lens may also help!
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Old November 18th, 2011, 07:44 AM   #3
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Re: Slider Technique Advice Please

Your best bet is to use a longer lens.

It sounds like you may be trying to get a wider shot than the dolly being in frame will allow, that is just physics.

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Old November 18th, 2011, 08:17 AM   #4
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Re: Slider Technique Advice Please

I sometimes tilt the slider down in the direction of forward travel to frame out the track. Look at the title shot of this:

I also sometimes offset the slider so that I'm tracking in or out and an angle - again one can frame out the track.
There are some more examples of my slider technique here: http://vimeopro.com/robindr/camera-slider-videos
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Old November 18th, 2011, 08:45 AM   #5
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Re: Slider Technique Advice Please

there are a few possible work arounds, you can use longer lens, when on the ground i usually slightly tilt camera up, when on the tripod i slightly tilt slider down. great results using upside down setup, but it takes a lot more time and space to set up.
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