When shooting hour-long games with a heavy gear setup, a monopod can provide much-needed support even if you’re a regular at the gym. Used correctly, it steadies your setup for sharper, professional sports photos without the blur. There are several positions in which to place your monopod, but how you position your body is most crucial. The below two methods explain how to position your body in relation to your monopod for better stabilised footage.
To perfect your posture, consider the height of the monopod (including the maximum extended length and minimum folded length) in relation to how tall you are and extend the monopod to the desired height. To avoid tilting the entire monopod forwards or backwards when following a subject, use it with a tilting head to angle your camera for the best shot. This will allow you to hold your camera and monopod setup steady while following moving subjects, and compose both vertical and horizontal shots.
1. The human tripod
This is the most obvious method as it requires you to stand with your legs shoulder-width straight in front of the monopod. The foot of the monopod is centred between your legs so that it forms a triangle with your feet.
Tip: When holding the monopod, place your hand through the wrist strap to help push it down into the ground.
2. The human brace
Standing with your hips at a slight angle to your shoulder and with one foot slightly back, brace the foot of the monopod against the instep of your front or rear foot. If comfortable, push the monopod against your chest for better support. Using the wrist strap, remember to push the monopod into the ground.