Do You Need to Lock the Gimbal When Taking Photo?

Every person who is intentional about his doings, especially with their jobs wants to deliver the best. Now even if it is not for a profile, you and your collection to have the best. People …

Do You Need to Lock the Gimbal When Taking Photo?
Do You Need to Lock the Gimbal When Taking Photo?

Every person who is intentional about his doings, especially with their jobs wants to deliver the best. Now even if it is not for a profile, you and your collection to have the best. People in the world of creativity like the videographers and photographers are undoubtedly on the list of these intentional people. 

Imagine standing for hours to take photos of a rare scene just to find that the pictures are blurred. That can be very frustrating and at the end of the day, you might lose the scene. There is a way to save you from this frustrating imagination. That way is to lock your gimbal, It’s not surprising that people do not know that it is an option but then it is. Don’t worry, it’s quite easy and if you keep reading, you will find how to lock your gimbal. 

Gimbal lock happens when the axes of two of the three gimbals are pushed into a parallel configuration, “locking” the system into rotation in a degenerate two-dimensional space, resulting in the loss of one degree of freedom in a three-dimensional, three-gimbal mechanism.

Do You Need to Lock the Gimbal When Taking Photo?

Now let’s not get confused. Locking the gimbal could be in two ways. That is locking the scene also known as the focus or using the pins to lock the movement of the gimbal.

Most gimbals come with lock pin systems that help eliminate the effects of accidental bumps or judders. Locking the gimbals in this case keeps the gimbals faced forward and its pan and tilt Axis locked. With them locked, the camera continues to face the front direction no matter where or how much the camera is moved. 

For the other lock. It refers to locking in the scene. Locking in the scene means that the scene or focus does not move around in the camera during the capture. The focus remains on the object of interest no matter where it is. The focus follows the object even as it moves. 

When taking continuous pictures, it is best to lock the gimbal. But then again, even if you are not taking continuous pictures and the gimbal is not locked, the pictures will come out blurry. A photographer who loves a fine job would definitely lock his gimbal when taking a photo. Locking the gimbal keeps the photo sharp and eliminates any chances of it getting blurry. 

Even when in transport on a drone, if the gimbal is locked, you would be surprised at how clear and sharp your photos will turn out to be.

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How do You Lock the Gimbal in Phantom 3?

Locking the gimbal in a phantom 3 is actually very simple. Locking it to a phantom 3 however, requires a gimbal lock. This gimbal lock holds your camera in place and is sturdily attached to the gimbal. It keeps the camera in place even during transport. 

Luckily, for most gimbals when you buy one, a gimbal clamp comes with the package. The gimbal clamp/ lock is transparent plastic, very light and can be broken when stepped on with so much strength. At the top of it is a small slot and a bigger slot under. The bigger slot is the part that holds and stabilises the camera. 

  • First look for the slot meant for the SD card on the gimbal. Beneath the slot is another slot. Take note of the position of the slots
  • Then attach your camera lens to your camera if it has been removed and your camera to the gimbal. 
  • Hold the camera with your hands so it is standing upright. 
  • With the clamp in your hand and held upright with the small slot on top, slide it into the slot beneath the SD card slot. Make sure it fits perfectly. Then go ahead to ensure that the camera is attached to the bigger slot. Push it in to hold the camera tightly. 
  • When all that is done, your camera is ready to be transported anywhere. You can rest assured that the camera will not fall off the gimbal or drone during the transport. As far as it is properly locked, there are also no chances that your picture will appear blurry but instead sharp.

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Do You Lock the Gimbal When Taking Photo with iPhone?

A lot of people would agree with me that they love an iPhone because of its camera, and the security too though. iPhone cameras are the bomb. Being with a camera that sharp in your pocket males was the moment a great photography moment and with a gimbal, you get to take sharper pictures of even moving options. 

Taking photos with an iPhone might create a sharp picture but not in all cases, especially when the object is in motion or when taking continuous pictures. Remember the purpose of getting a gimbal is to stabilise your phone, it will stabilise the phone when not unlocked, yes? But when locked, a 99% if not a 100% out of a 100% will be sharp and clear. 

Also, if the gimbal is not locked with the gimbal clamp while in transport, you might want to start preparing to go back to your iPhone slot. This is because it is most likely that your phone falls off especially when this transport is happening but air. 


Whether it be with an Android phone or a camera or an iPhone, locking the gimbal produces the best end product. Locking the scene will keep the focus on the object by locking the gimbal, keeping that focus and hence the photo sharp. The best part about locking the gimbal is that it is stressless and when it is done, your confidence at the part of the shoot is boosted. 

It is one thing to have a gimbal and it is another to know how to use it effectively. Whether it be a video or a photo you are taking, locking the gimbal is a good option. Besides at the end of the shoot, you have very little to edit.

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