The accessory that is vital for perfect photography

When I compared the quality of photographs that I have clicked using my camera to those clicked by my friend using his camera, I found that the picture quality was better in his photographs. I wondered how it happened since I am having a very new camera of superb quality. My friend also agreed that my camera is of superb quality and he suspected errors on my part. Suddenly he asked me whether I use a camera slider. I said that when I wanted to casually take a few snaps wherever I go I need not take the pain of carrying the slider also along with the camera. Then my friend told me that camera slider is one among the vital camera accessories. Slider can influence the quality of the photograph to a great extent. He reminded me that only those who have a slider along with the camera can produce amazing photographs. The sliders that have locking buttons when mounted on the camera tripod enable the user to take amazing shots anywhere at any point of time. One can compose curved as well as parallax shots with the help of sliders fixed on the tripod.

Advantages of using slider

The user can move around freely when the compact camera slider is fixed on the camera tripod using locking buttons. Another advantage is that once locked the user need not remove the slider from the tripod after every shot. The slider can be mounted either on a tripod or on a light stand. The carriage of the slider is movable and can be attached to the camera. Once I started using the slider I realized that I was missing a lot of tracking-shots when I was not carrying the slider with me. Without the tracking shots one cannot give the cinematic impression to the photographs. I can say that for professional photographers, the camera slider is as important as all other camera accessories. For professional photography the slider is a significant accessory. Another area of photography where the slider is of great use is the reveal shots. The latest type of sliders can be easily converted into camera rigs also. Additional camera accessories are very important for professional photographers as well as film makers. In documentary, short movies and lengthy films the movement shots keep them alive. For the creation of perfect movement shots the camera slider is all the more important.

Different types of sliders

Those who want to buy and use a camera slider must know exactly how the slider works. Sliders with different characteristics are available in the market. Different types of sliders are available such as fixed length, modular and full-size. The fixed length sliders are easily portable. The modular sliders enable the filmmakers to have linear slider motion. The full size sliders are highly flexible and facilitate straight as well as curved shooting. They can be extended up to a length of 50 ft. Since film makers have better ideas, they create DIY sliders also. One can get ideas about the DIY sliders by closely watching different types of DIY sliders.

Ensuring more flexibility for photographers and film makers

I know that the camera slider is an important accessory for the photographers as well as film makers. However, I wanted to know the difference between a slider and a dolly. I was under the impression that both are the same. But my friend who is a freelance photographer told me that sliders are ideal for short moves whereas dollies are used for longer moves and arching shots. Sliders are light and less expensive whereas dollies are heavy and expensive. When I wanted to buy a slider my friend advised me to go through the reviews prior to shopping for sliders. I noticed that many people are confused while buying a slider. They are unable to choose because of the price, length and other features. Hence, I also felt it important to go through the reviews. Now I shall share with the readers the information that I could gather from the reviews.

The 2 types of sliders

Before going into the other details one must be clear about the type of slider that he wants to purchase – drylin or roller bearing. In the drylin type of slider, the rails slide along each other thereby making the camera also to slide smoothly. Friction is minimized as a result of the rails sliding long each other. In the roller-bearing type, the wheels glide across the rails gently thereby ensuring a very smooth movement. The main difference between these two types of camera slider is that the roller bearing system glides more smoothly without much effort whereas the drylin type doesn’t glide so smoothly. When the prices were compared I found that the roller bearing type is more expensive. Many brands are available in the market with additional features and more stability. Sliders in different shapes are available that can be mounted in different ways – vertically, angular and inverted.

Empowering the camera

Professional photographers and film makers who have the camera slider with them can make more dramatic as well as impressive shots. However, those who work with lower budget opt for DIY sliders. The photographers and film makers can make better use of the popular DSLR cameras by using the slider. Those who use the DSLR cameras that shoot 720p and 1080p video require the slider to get the shots exactly as they expect. Those who are using other types of film and video equipments also make use of the slider to improve the quality of the shots. Earlier, it was difficult to move around with the sliders as they tumble or fall down. But, the latest types of sliders are provided with locking buttons that lock the slider tight on the tripod. Thanks to the locking buttons as well as the compact size, the latest types of sliders enable the users to move around freely. Even after the shooting the sliders need not be removed from the tripod. Sliders are essential to ensure the quality of the shots. Filmmakers who have the modular type of slider can easily have the linear slider motion whenever required. The full size dollies provide the maximum flexibility and allow both straight and curved shooting.

Important features of a slider

When I found many of my fellow photographers making DIY camera slider, I also wanted to make a slider that will reflect all my innovative ideas. Then I imagined that I am at a photography store with the intention of purchasing a slider. So, what will be the different aspects that I will look into while selecting a slider for me? This approach helped me to a great extent to identify the most important aspects of a slider that are to be considered both for buying a slider and making one’s own DIY slider. I was considering the length of the slider, its weight, how smoothly it slides across the rails, how strong and durable is the slider and whether it is easily portable. When I understood thoroughly about the slider I was convinced that with a little knowhow it is possible to make a slider of my own.

Ensuring durability and smooth sliding

When I am investing my time, money and efforts for the creation of a camera slider, I want to ensure that the equipment lasts in good condition for a reasonable period. It is not my intention to make a model slider for keeping in the show case. I want the slider to slide smoothly all along and should not scratch on the frame. Also, smooth sliding is very important for the camera. Even the slightest knock can have an impact on the camera when it slides through the track. Any impact on the camera will badly affect the picture quality. The slider that cannot ensure smooth movement of the camera cannot be used further. Smooth sliding is the most important feature of a slider. The shooting is fragmented when the camera is unable to slide smoothly.


Wherever I take my camera, I want to take the camera slider also with me to ensure perfect shooting. Whenever a slider is made, its portability is an important feature. Any photographer or film maker will require his slider to be easily portable. The length of the slider and type of materials used to make the slider determine the portability of the equipment. The slider must be compact as well as light weight.

Length of the slider

The length of my camera slider depends on the type of shots I will be taking. However, I cannot sacrifice the portability of my slider. Hence, while determining the length of my slider, I want to ensure that it is not too long so that the slider will be easily portable.