There are many tools of the trade when it comes to video work. We obviously need a camera, but we also need a steady platform to place our camera on. Some people choose to use a shoulder mount, which they attach their dslr to, I personally have my two favorites; a tripod and a monopod.
Tripods are great for when you are conducting an interview. The tripod keeps the camera from shaking which allows the viewer to concentrate on the person who is talking and not on the shaky camera movements. I use tripods when I use my slider. Whenever I am producing a promotional video or wedding video I tend to incorporate some slider movements. In order to use the slider you need a steady surface. If I can’t place my slider on the ground I pull out my tripod and place it on it. Tripods are also great for wide shots. There isn’t anything worse than a wobbly shot. If your subject is not moving you shouldn’t be moving either!
Oh…. and then there is the monopod. Monopods are great when you are in a run and gun situation. They allow you to keep your shot pretty steady and give you the flexibility to move about more freely. You do not have to adjust three legs like a tripod, you only need to make adjustments to one leg. You can get very high shots or very low shots with a monopod. Because many tripods have a minimum height, monopods can get close to the ground especially if you can tilt the head. I tend to use my monopod 80 percent of the time.
I have been working in television/media for over 16 years. My experience includes news photojournalist, editor, and storyteller. It is my belief that you have a chance to better your skills each time you pick up the camera. I strive to be better than I was yesterday.