Ian Plant

How to Set Up and Use a Gimbal Head for Wildlife Photography

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Professional wildlife photographer, Ian Plant, says, “If you are serious about wildlife photography, you will need a gimbal head.” In this video, he will explain the uses of the gimbal head.

The gimbal is a tripod head designed for fluid movement so you can easily track your wildlife subjects. It has a control knob that allows you to pan up down, another knob to pan left and right, and a third to control the tension of your motion. Ian recommends keeping the controls loose in order to follow wildlife movement whether a bird in flight or an animal on land.

Join pro shooter, Ian Plant, as he shows how the gimbal head will help you improve your wildlife photographs.

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7 Responses to “How to Set Up and Use a Gimbal Head for Wildlife Photography”

  1. Raymond Valentine

    How or Why is a Gimbal better than a Ball Head?

  2. Dave M

    Nice video. FYI the up down motion is called a "Tilt" not a pan. A pan is side to side motion.

  3. Dee Roelofsz

    Hi Ian Love all you video's they are very helpful. Just a question in regards to the Gimabl head which I get conflicting answers on - I have one almost exactly the same. I shoot with two Canon 7D Mkii's - the one has the new Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS ii lens, the other has the new Canon 100-400mm f4.5 L IS Mkii lens. My question - should one turn the image stabilisers off when shooting using the camera/lens attached to the gimbal head as I have been told that if the IS is left on then it adversely affects the images? I would like to hear your thoughts? Regards Dee

  4. CJ

    a good website to view different gimbals ? ty.

  5. Jane

    Umm, there is a huge vimeopro add in the middle of the video and I cannot see what you are showing. There is no X to close the add. I even logged in thinking it would disappear; but, it did not. Thanks.

  6. James E Taneyhill

    I have a Wimberley and like it ... what is the make and model of the one you are using in this demo? Thank you, your tips are very useful.

  7. Gino

    Hi Ian What is a good gimbal head? Gino

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