Whenever you are using heavy gear on your set, you risk the stands tipping over and causing damage. This is certainly something you want to avoid, and this is why you should use sandbags. Some photographers and videographers don’t use it, and some do – but in a wrong way. In this video, Jay P. Morgan tells you all you should know about sandbags – different types you can get, what they are for and how to use them properly.
Many of us pay a lot of attention to cleaning camera lenses. There are different products for this purpose, as well as plenty of tutorials. But what about tripods? Do you pay attention to cleaning them too? If you’d like them to last a long time and work well, you should give them a good clean from time to time. In this video tutorial, photographer Troy Nikolic gives you some tips how to get your tripod clean and good as new.
Living on the 9th floor in my apartment, anything that gets left in the car, stays in the car. Even if I later “suddenly” remember that I need it while I am at home. Having the enormous responsibility of my project 365, this is usually bad news for me. I knew that I was going to take a picture of one of my guitars because I had planned to. The only problem is, I wanted a table top. And for that… you need a tripod. I’m sure you know where I am going with this. Yes, the tripod is in the car, and its pouring outside, its cold, and anyway I’m flustered because I decided to postpone the picture till 2:00 am. I’m just not going down to get my tripod!
So it was time to work around it, because honestly, I couldn’t think of anything else to take a picture of…
A father-son duo Charles and Jake Riddel have designed and produced a new tripod head, which should be an improvement when compared to the ones already existing in the market. They named it Hitch Hiker, and it should provide you with smooth and precise control and more accurate photo composition, along with some other benefits.
Tripod threads in the bottom of cameras and other devices are usually pretty solid. I’ve got cameras that are decades old that still have perfectly functional ones. But, I’ve also had a couple of adapters and gadgets where they haven’t survived so well. Quality control isn’t what it once was, and the number of devices containing 1/4-20″ sockets has soared compared to only a few years ago. So, failures are far more likely these days.
Repairs like this can be a pain. If you can’t connect your camera to your tripod, slider, gimbal or other support system, you’re screwed. Sending to a service centre for repair can be costly and take a few weeks to get your gear back. Fortunately, filmmaker Tom Antos has put up a video to show us how we can repair our own using a readily available DIY tripod screw repair kit.
Grabbing low angle footage and photos is somewhat of a challenge. Even the lowest of tripods have some height to them. Then again, you probably don’t want to put your camera on the sand. Here is one of the cooler ideas ever shared courtesy of Roger Payne at fujifilm-blog. Oh, and it uses a frying pan. Really.
Actually once you see this, you will never realize how you lived your life without a frying pan tripod before.
You would need an old frying pan (please remove grease prior to use), a ballhead, a nut and a bolt.
Whenever you use the words “concert” and “photography” in the same sentence, emotions often tend to start flying. Whether you’re a professional trying to earn a living, being crippled by ridiculous contracts, or a fan who prefers to view through an LCD rather than with your eyes, there’s always some controversy.
This time, it’s Adele, stopping a concert and calling out a fan for not only filming, but setting up a tripod in order to do it!
Working with real big lenses is fun, but often troublesome. Handholding with image stabilisation can help, but only until your arms get tired, which is where the trusty tripod steps in to give you a solid foundation on which to rest your lens.
But even when working with tripods, the view can sometimes be a little unsteady. In this video, wildlife and nature photographer Steve Perry offers us a few tips to help improve stability when using big long lenses on tripods.
Polaroid has devolved from one of the most commanding photography companies in the world to a label that gets slapped on third party accessories in an attempt to sell at least something.
Proving this further is the release of a brand new portable Polaroid Panorama Eyeball Head, designed to simplify the process of taking panoramic stills and video through the use of a remote. [Read more…]
Every once in a while someone talks about the violence in the realm of photography. We talk about the images used to ‘shoot’ photos, or ‘take’ photos, and if we’re lucky our gear can ‘fire’ 14 fps.
This incident, though, takes it to a whole new level and while many photographers carry a Canon around with them, one photographer in Pennsylvania was suspected of carrying an actual machine gun.
Turns out someone noticed a person walk into an office building with what looked like a machine gun and called 911.