Before we look at the benefits of monopods I’ll share an experience with you.
Last year I got a new SLR with HD video and quickly rushed out to my daughter’s band performance to video it. The video looked great, but about every second there was a little “skip” in the video. I was horrified and was convinced there was something wrong with the camera.
After examining the video, however, I came to realize that the skip was actually my heartbeat traveling through my body and resulting in the small but noticeable defect in the video! I had forgotten that zooming in makes the camera very susceptible to small movements and I was zoomed in to the max.
What makes this interesting is that I was standing very still and shooting a subject which wasn’t moving around. Had I been trying to shoot sports the results would have been even shakier.
One way to help solve this problem is by using a monopod.
A monopod is an exceptionally practical tool to have, even for family shooters:
- They are way cheaper than tripods. To be able to smoothly follow action with a tripod, you need a very high quality tripod head and the cost can be in the hundreds of dollars (a monopod starts at about $30).
- Monopods make it very easy to turn and move to follow action. It’s simple to rotate on the single foot.
- Monopods are way lighter and easier to transport than tripods.
If you shoot sports or any kind of indoor performances where you have to zoom in from a distance, definitely give a monopod a try. They are easy to use and can dramatically improve the look of your videos. What’s more, for photographers they also make it way easier to keep the camera steady to avoid blur when taking photographs in low light or when zoomed in.