If you’re considering adding a camera slider to your documentary setup, you can do a lot more than simple side-to-side motion. In fact, you can create moves with a slider that are quite unique and add significant production value to your documentary, without adding additional gear (or at least not much gear).
Sometimes a pan gives you a decent camera movement, and other times you want something with a little more flair in your documentary. At its most basic function, the camera slider delivers a side to side movement that is dramatically different than a pan, in that the camera moves through a space, which changes the perspective. Most importantly, the slider reveals something as it moves, which makes it an important tool in your storytelling tool belt.