I have a monopod. I've been using one for years. A Manfroto. I use it often. I seldom use my 70-200 mm without it. Whenever I use it, I have this nagging feeling that I could be using it "better." Does anyone know of a good resource to help me learn how to benefit from my monopod, or is my personal experience the best teacher?
Any personal practices you are willing to share are appreciated.
Good start! Thanks, Alson. Nearly everyone I know of who uses a monopod uses it "straight up." I'm enough of an engineer to realize there is no stability in that. I'd already rejected option 1, but haven't practiced the others enough to get comfortable.
That looks like a website where I need to spend more time.
I read of one technique where the pod is forward as in #1, but the feet are like #2.
Here's the difference, a - the camera is on a ball head on the pod so you can level the camera independent of the angle of the monopod. b - you angle the pod back towards you, like a leg on a tripod. This is why the ball head (a) is needed c - you lean slightly forward holding and putting weight on the monopod d - now you have a tripod of sorts; leg 1 = mono, leg 2&3 are your legs.
Why does this sound like the photo in another thread of a photog about to be "run over" by a USC football player.
I've done football sidelines before. Even the smaller highschool football players (vs the NFL guys) will do a number on you. Might be a neat place to be, but very definitely a dangerous place to be.
Anyway, for your application, you're right you want a stance that you can make that quick bail-out from. I would not use any of the stances that would potentially tangle your leg in the pod. You want your legs free to "scoot."
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>I read of one technique where the pod is forward as in #1, >but the feet are like #2. > >Here's the difference, >a - the camera is on a ball head on the pod so you can level >the camera independent of the angle of the monopod. >b - you angle the pod back towards you, like a leg on a >tripod. This is why the ball head (a) is needed >c - you lean slightly forward holding and putting weight on >the monopod >d - now you have a tripod of sorts; leg 1 = mono, leg 2&3 >are your legs. > >Gary >
Gary, I just bought a monopod to take with me on a trip to Australia but I did not know how to use it. I did a search for information and came across your advise. I can't believe how well it works ... thanks so much.