The Konova slider is one of the most popular sliders that I’ve blogged about (HERE) and I continue to receive questions in regards to any techniques, tips or tricks that I might have for shooting with the Konova. In the video above I mainly highlight shooting with your aperture wide open, stopping down to get more of your shot in focus and the technique of revealing your subjects. Personally, these are some of the basics that I learned when beginning to shoot with a slider to help me understand how to shoot properly and how to build my stories.
Aperture wide open (ex: f/2.8)
When shooting wide open, your depth of field is very shallow. This means that the defocused areas are much larger than what is in focus. This creates the stylized look that DSLRs are known for. Bokeh also becomes beautiful when you shoot really wide open. If you wish to have a wide aperture but there is too much light in your environment, utilizing ND filters will allow you to dial in the correct shutter speed for this situation. I did a video (HERE) on shutter speed and one (HERE) on ND filters.
Aperture closed down (ex: f/11)
If you want everything to be in focus while you’re shooting, closing your aperture down will allow you to achieve this. Your depth of field is much larger and therefore very little to no area of your shot will be defocused. You can set your camera to aperture priority and dial this in or go fully manual so you have all control with shutter speed, ISO and your f stop.
When making videos and movies using your slider, there are certain techniques that really help you to tell your story. The reveal technique is used often for impact and to give your viewer insight on what is taking place. Sounds can help the reveal also, but the simple trick of sliding into a scene is great for beginners getting a feel for building their story. Begin at one point where the viewer doesn’t see the subject and slide into frames where the subject and supporting actors or scene is. Always start sliding before you begin the scene or cut into it while the camera is already sliding in post.
You don’t always have to slide right to left. Push your camera into the subject, pull away from the subject and pass object on the way. Get creative. Creating different perspectives makes cinematography so much fun for me. The viewer likes to see what they normally can’t from eye view.
If you mount your slider onto a tripod and flip it vertically using a ball head or a fluid head, you can get vertical shots. Reveal something from the ground up or top to bottom. This is one of my favorite ways of using the slider because it can be tricky depending on what you’re shooting.
Use your imagination, get creative and innovative but whatever you do, just start playing around with your camera and slider. Once you begin to mess around with the settings and techniques you’ll gain a much better understanding of how it all works and what your shooting style is.
Combine the Konova Slider with a modular ball head and this allows you to get push/pull, side slides, and the vertical shots. Any 360 degree angle that your tripod will allow, and you have the skills to execute, this nifty slider can tackle. Smooth shots are effortless and make a huge difference in your video footage. The Konova Slider really does have massive capabilities.
There is also a new version Konova slider available now, which is only slightly different than the one used in my video. For information about the differences check out this article (CLICK HERE) at Cheesycam.com. Konova Bearing Sliders Can be Found Below
Konova Roller Bearing DSLR Video Camera Slider – Amazon