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John Wheeler June 24th, 2008 12:34 PM

Cool Dolly Idea
Found this video that shows how to acheive an effective dolly shot, without a dolly. Pretty cool. Worth a look



Tom Roper June 25th, 2008 09:07 PM


Travis Cossel July 2nd, 2008 01:07 AM

That IS brilliant.

Colin McDonald July 2nd, 2008 03:11 AM

Now why didn't I think of that! So simple and effective.

James Hooey July 8th, 2008 12:31 PM

Best tip I've come across since an elastic band on a 503 head!!!

Good find.

Jake Latendresse July 11th, 2008 11:25 AM


Originally Posted by James Hooey (Post 904610)
Best tip I've come across since an elastic band on a 503 head!!!

Good find.

Missed that one...please fill me in.


Chris Barcellos July 11th, 2008 12:13 PM

I've used this a bit in the past, with my 503, but had not really attempted to perfect it like he has done here. Last one I tried was on a side hill which presented its own problems. My experience was mixed.

Nice job here.

I'm wondering if tripod head had any drag on it in this shooting mode.

Charles Papert July 11th, 2008 12:37 PM

It's probably been 15 years since I've done that gag, that's a good one. It would actually work much better with the current cameras than when I used to do it with a broadcast camera and full-size sticks, I had to have someone help me with the tilt while I operated.

One thing that is really important is to have a smooth head, otherwise the back-tilt will be apparent A little bit of fluid drag is helpful (it would be very challenging to pull off without any drag) but if the head was sticky at all, it would ruin the effect. And it requires a fair amount of "tai chi" style muscular coordination; the gent in the video has very good form!

fun stuff!

James Hooey July 11th, 2008 03:56 PM


Originally Posted by Jake Latendresse (Post 905990)
Missed that one...please fill me in.


Sorry, I was a little late checking back on this thread.

Seeing as Bogen 503 heads tend to have a bit of stiction (is that a word??) and bounceback at the start and end of pans....a way to sometimes overcome this and perform VERY slow smooth pans is to use a rubber band on the tripod handle and pull by the band. The stretch of the rubber band helps to smooth out the movement.

Cameron Naghibi August 20th, 2008 05:27 PM

wow, i actually thought of this a few years back when i needed a dolly, i didnt think it worked very well, i guess not

Nick Stone August 21st, 2008 01:14 AM

Thats cool,
Does anyone have other tricks to share?


Paul Renz August 21st, 2008 06:06 AM

Best Camera Trick Ever! - Video

the clumsy movement of the camera i find it over exadurated asif granny is making a pan, but stil its good way for getting a nice looking pan.

George Pada January 25th, 2009 05:18 PM

Amazing trick! Very fast & simple. I tested it and it works!

Julius Tan January 26th, 2009 03:09 AM

Simple yet an effective trick. I used to this kind of shot using my body with the camera at hand.

Brian Luce January 28th, 2009 08:24 PM

I've done it before. One tip: Hang on to it! also not that camera doesn't stay level.

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