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#1 Daniel Loher

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 01:20 PM

Hey guys,

I have a shoot coming up where the DP asked for a shot in "low- high mode".
I did some research and found a shot at steadishots.org by Tom Lohmann (thank you for smoking) which is apparently done in low-high mode. The description says it creates an awkard position to hold.
With this in consideration, I understand that in low- high mode, the setup would be:
lowmode with a long armpost extention?
Would there be any other way to do low-high mode besides shifting the gimbal all the way up in normal mode?



Edited by dloher, 31 March 2008 - 01:24 PM.

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#2 Erwin Landau

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 02:21 PM

Firstly Daniel, please change your Login to your FULL NAME, being a member for 4 years you should know better... Also you increase the likely hood that people will reply.

Low-high-mode is referred to when you use a J-bracket in regular mode, to be able to drop down the lens hight without going into Low mode. Usually about 6 to 8 inches.

Also, The DP should only tell you what height he wants the lens to be, It's up to you how you want to achieve the shot to meet his demands...

I don't know how many times I was told to go low mode because they thought they knew and I ended in an awkward position or trying to raise the lens with longer posts, when it would have been so much easier to achieve the shot in regular mode and wise versa... you are the expert and you chose the means to get the shot.


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#3 G. Grammatikos

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 04:25 PM

Hi Daniel
prodably the photographer need the lens in the higher position you can with low mode (and this bechause he want to pass the camera up for something ,like a desk or a table etc etc )
all the best
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#4 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 05:36 PM


Low High Mode is a great method for shooting that doesn't take a large effort to build or balance into like regular low mode.

Take a look at the photo I have attached and you can see why this is a great way to drop the lens and avoid the flip into low mode. And also avoids being trapped at the top end of low mode and fighting the limited boom range while in low mode.

I try and offer low high mode when people are not terribly specific about the lens height but keep stating that it must be in low mode even though they are showing me, either with a finder or fingers, a shot that would be just fine in low high mode. In my experience, even when they tell me it's low mode, I always ask to watch a rehearsal, but let them watch with the finder and then I watch what they do with it.

Good luck!



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