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The first thing you will need to establish is whether to go for a 75mm or 100mm ball base size head. Fluid heads use an internal fluid to create the dampening effect for the pan and tilt controls. Tripod heads come with two types of release plates, this can take the form of a camera plate fixed to the bottom of the camera that clicks on and off the tripod head, or a sliding plate fixed to the bottom of the camera that slides on and off the tripod head.
Some tripod heads have a counterbalance system that prevents the camcorder from slowly tilting backward or forwards when you remove your hand from the pan bar.
Obviously the legs must be sturdy enough to hold the weight of the camera and any additional accessories that might be attached.
Two-stage legs have two sliding sections to the construction, which allow the legs to collapse down to a shorter length taking up less room when folded away. Alloy legs are more durable, can be repaired if the tube gets bent, drop more easily after deploying legs, and they are cheaper to buy.
The floor-spreader is ideal when shooting on flat surfaces, such as indoors or in a studio environment. If you have ever tried to track a subject while walking, you'll have noticed the unavoidable camcorder shake that this entails. It's possible to improvise a cheap DIY dolly using such items as a shopping trolley or better still, a wheelchair, the latter was used by Robert Rodriguez during the making of his low-budget film El Mariachi. A very effective dolly shot is to move backwards as actors move towards you, capturing the look on their faces as they move through the scene.
The Lanc, or sometimes referred to as the Lens controller, is a device that is fitted to the tripod's pan handle. Undo the bowl-locking knob positioned underneath the head and in-between the legs, this will allow you to level the head using the spirit-levelling bubble. Fix the sliding plate (or quick release plate) to the base of the camera as close to the camcorder's centre of gravity as you can, then tighten it up. Remember to use the pan and tilt locks to lock the tripod off when you are not using the camera otherwise there could be a danger of the camera falling (tilting) forward or backward into one of the tripod legs; especially if you are using a tripod that doesn't have a perfect balance system like those found on the Vinten Vision range or higher end Sachtler and Libec models.
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Set in the heart of the East Coast art corridor, MICA is only 4 blocks from Penn Station in Baltimore giving students easy access to Philly, NYC, and DC.
By embracing contradiction such as scholarly and creative or theoretical and practical, MICA’s program can attract highly talented students and faculty. All professional video work will require a tripod, at some stage, therefore it's important to choose the right tripod for the job. For many years, professionals and amateurs alike would buy a tripod budgeted at approximately 20% of the value of their camera e.g. Because today's prosumer and semi-professional camcorders such as the Sony Z1, Canon XL H1, JVC GY-HD111E and Panasonic HVX200, produce images so good they are snapping at the heels of many high-end professional broadcast cameras.
The drag controls allow you to adjust the amount of resistance during a pan or tilt movement. Because the manufacturing process for a fluid tripod head is more complex, the heads are more expensive; but there is still a difference between a lower priced fluid head and a more expensive professional fluid head. The sliding plate design assures the camera is mounted to the head in a much more secure manner; it feels sturdier and safer. Modern tripod legs are much lighter these days due to the use of alloy tubing or carbon fibre options, and take the form of either a single-stage or two-stage design.
The two-stage tripod is also better for lower to the ground shooting angles due to its three shorter leg sections as opposed to the two longer leg sections of a two-stage model.


Carbon legs, on the other hand, weigh less, don't corrode in salt water, it's a sexier material, and it's much stiffer. In conjunction with the two-stage tripod leg design the floor-spreader will allow the tripod to go down to really low level shooting angles. It's pretty unavoidable and for this reason most professionals use a tracking system or dolly when they shoot objects that are moving. A cable then goes from the lanc controller and plugs into the camcorder (or lens, in the case of shoulder mounted professional cameras). These can take the form of a clip on each leg or a single string that stops the legs from opening out during transit. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable.
Studio Concentrations are also chosen such as: Animation, Book Arts, Ceramics, Film and Video, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Printmaking or Theater to name a few. Having particular students in mind that I have seen struggle in the past in making a decision to follow their passion and attend art school, or go to a traditional college, even though they really do not intend to take more math and science, this school would be a great option. It would be no good buying a tripod designed for a full-size shoulder mounted camcorder such as a Sony XDCAM HD model, to use with a smaller lighter camcorder such as a Sony V1, as it simply won't balance right. It's for this reason that you should be spending more on a tripod; because your camcorder is worth it. There is no doubt that a bottom of the range fluid head will work better than a top of the range friction head. This allows you to quickly remove the camera from the tripod, but it leaves no room for balancing the camcorder on the head as you cannot slide it back and forth and lock it into position like a sliding plate. The sliding plate also allows for a degree of balance as you can slide the plate back and forth within about an 8-centimetre range, then clamp it into place. These special tripod heads have a large spring inside them, which forces the head back to its horizontal position when you take your hand off the pan bar.
Single-stage legs have just one sliding section to the construction and are generally slightly cheaper than two-stage models. If you shoot corporate videos and weddings and the like and have no need for really low shooting angles and don't mind the overall length being about 7 inches longer when packed away, save yourself some money and go for a single-stage design as they are easier to use. A dolly is a wheeled cart on which the camcorder and tripod is mounted, the dolly is then pushed along as you film. This allows you to operate various features on the camcorder, but directly from the lanc controller that is conveniently mounted on the tripod's pan handle. Open out the legs and spreader slightly then undo all the leg locks, then lift the tripod by the head to the required height and allow the legs to drop, then retighten the leg locks.
Now adjust the angle of the pan bar so it is in a comfortable operating position; 45° downwards is a good starting point. Scholarships range from $850-$18,000 per year based on a combination of merit, GPA, and sometimes need. However, with that said, you can take math, science, languages, or any other course at one of the 12 area colleges that have agreements with MICA.
These are separate components, although most tripods are usually sold as a package made up of the head, legs, a spreader and case. You can set the drag control for the pan and tilt to anywhere in-between these two extremes. The friction based method for controlling drag is the cheaper option and is usually found on budget priced tripods.
However, a cheaper fluid head such as the Manfrotto 503 (?300) will not work as precisely as a more expensive professional model such as a Vinten Vision 6.
With the quick release type you usually press a safety button in, then pull a release lever. This means that you can get the camera's centre of gravity directly above the tripod head even if the camcorder is front or back heavy. Once you have your camcorder mounted on the tripod head and have adjusted the tension of the spring via a large external knurled knob (Vinten Vision series except Vision 3), you can then tilt the camcorder up or down into any position, let go of the pan bar, and, as if by magic, the camcorder and tripod head will remain in that position.
The advantage of a single-stage tripod is that they are easier to set up and pack away as there is only one locking section to each leg. This creates a distorted perspective on the background, as the subject remains perfectly framed. Now lock both the pan and tilt locking knobs while you mount the camcorder onto the tripod.
Once the camcorder is balanced in the dead centre of the head, lock off the sliding plate to prevent further movement. Due to the strong liberal arts emphasis and depth in Art History, Literature, Writing, and the Humanities, focused study can begin in the visual arts during the freshmen year. Don't ask me who invented this rough camera-to-tripod ratio or why people follow it; they just do. The fluid head, as its name implies, provides fluid (smooth) movement during panning and tilting.


The friction drag control method works okay, but it is a relatively cheap manufacturing process and is found on tripods that are built to a budget, and it is nowhere near as smooth or effective as a fluid controlled head.
An out-and-out professional fluid head such as any of Vinten's Vision range (?650 and upwards for head only) or the more expensive Sachtler range (?650 and upwards for head only) are manufactured under stringent condition and are built for professional use; and professionals are a real fussy bunch when it comes to tripod heads. With the sliding plate type you usually loosen a lever half a turn then slide the plate off towards the back of the head whilst pressing in a safety button.
The sliding plate system allows for finer adjustment, which equates to superior balance and better performance. This feature comes into its own if you have to tilt up or down into a shot, then hold the shot for a few seconds. However, they don't pack away quite as small as a two-stage tripod, as the leg sections have to be a bit longer. This configuration is recommended for outdoor use or for use when shooting on uneven round or where space is not available and one or more legs have to be set to different lengths to compensate. Adjust the pan and tilt drag tensions to your desired settings, experimenting with different levels of drag.
However, as with most art schools, talent and artistic promise play into the admission process.
An incredible breadth and depth of offerings allow many interdisciplinary options for study. Continuous means you can set the drag precisely via a dial, you simply turn the dial until the desired amount of drag is reached.
The Vinten and Sachtler range have all the air bubbles vacuumed out of the fluid during the manufacturing stage and the fluid used is of a superior kind and is different from the fluid used in lower priced fluid heads. There is not much difference in the amount of time it takes to release your camcorder from the head with either of these systems, so if you need to get from a tripod shot to a handheld shot quickly there is not much in it.
Trying to hold a shot like this steady with a non-balancing head would be incredibly difficult.
The 75mm and 100mm bowl designs cover cameras from small hand held models right up to full size professional shoulder mounted models.
Professional Development is embedded in each program of study and supplemented by the center. Most applicants attend a National Portfolio Review Day prior to submitting their portfolio to MICA, which is required. Unlike the cheaper fluid heads that have irritating characteristics such as creep (where the head creeps back in the fluid a few millimetres at the end of a pan) and dead spots (where there are moments during a pan or tilt that you don't feel the fluid i.e. The larger 100mm bowl allows for a larger head to be fitted, which will accommodate full size shoulder mount cameras such as Sony Digibeta, XDCAM and HDCAM models. These high-end professional tracking systems can cost thousands of pounds but there are many cheaper options available from companies such as ABC and B-Hague. Lanc manufacturers include Manfrotto, Libec, Varizoom, BeBob and of course Canon and Fujinon. Use heavier drag tension for slow moves, longer zooms, or if you're having difficulty keeping the shot steady.
More than half come from out-of-state, bringing new energy and unique perspectives to the campus community. With a step system there will be a number of fixed positions to choose from, this could be 3, 5, 8 etc. The larger 100mm bowl does a better job of supporting larger camcorders due to its larger diameter opening.
They come in single-stage or two-stage, mid-spreader or floor-spreader, alloy or carbon fibre. Obviously the more step choices you have the better the chances of you being able to choose a drag setting that suits the shooting situation. MICA offers academic resources and support through the Learning Resource Center, which is open to all students, including those with documented disabilities. Some have a claw ball bowl design that allows the head to be levelled on the tripod legs with the aid of a spirit-levelling bubble. Also, writing support is offered through The Writing Studio on campus, where students can schedule 50-minute appointments to review their writing. If you buy a set of tripod legs with a 75mm bowl opening you will need to buy a tripod head with a ball base size of 75mm. If you buy a set of tripod legs with a 100mm bowl opening you will need to buy a tripod head with a ball base size of 100mm.



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