Using a Glidecam with Callum Whiteley
UK-based videographer behind 24 Hours on the Galata Bridge, Callum Whiteley, shares his top three techniques when shooting movies: shooting time-lapses , using DSLR camera rigs and creating transitions for easy editing.
Using a Glidecam
For any shoot that involves crowded places or covering a lot of ground, a handheld stabiliser, such as a Glidecam, should be the first thing you pack.
When navigating crowds with a digital video camera, you don’t want to be carrying a load of kit. Plus, you’re never limited by angles with a Glidecam rig. One of my favourite ways to glide crowds is with a Glidecam inverted, shooting at 35mm - as shallow as possible.
You can achieve a much faster sense of movement when you are closer to the ground. When you combine this with a camera setting of 50 frames per second, as I did on Galata Bridge, you can enjoy much more linear movement whilst your subject is still moving at half speed.
A well-balanced Glidecam should still work well when you hold it upside down, with just a pinch on the weight-plate. Holding it like this and shooting at 35mm allows you to be right on the heels, wheels or tail of your subject, giving a stronger sense of being amongst the crowd.
I was super excited to find out Canon’s 100mm f2.8 L IS Macro lens would fit my Glidecam setup without throwing the weight off too much. My Glidecam is always balanced for a 16-35mm lens, but to be able to balance a larger lens rather than having to carry another rig was amazing. I could then get super shallow shots, moments after shooting a wide angle shot of the same subject. By using slow swaying motions I could put a bit of rotational movement on the macro shot to good effect.