Slider Shots – Angled Slides

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19 Jan Slider Shots – Angled Slides

Up until now, we’ve been working on a very linear grid with regards to our slider. This week we’re going to focus on how to break out of the grid and get the most out of this nifty tool.

While staying perfectly geometrical on a shoot has great benefits (your shots will always look clean and safe), spicing up your video with cool angles makes a huge difference in a subtle way. Using an angle with a slider almost feels like creating another dimension in which to shoot. Rather than simply moving from front-to-back or side-to-side, we can use angles to mix things up, adding unique style and perspective.

Using angles adds character to a shot without much aggressiveness. Rather than directly pushing in on a subject, which forces the viewer to confront the subject directly, we can slide in from an angle, which still focuses on the subject, but in a less direct way. We’ve included a couple of angled slides from shoots with Watershed Distillery, The Bun Company, and Good Wood Nashville to give you some examples of how to slide with an angle.

In short, using angles makes the subject approachable from an interesting vantage point. If you’re trying to find ways to spice up your video with a slider, try approaching some shots with an angle and see how you like it!

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