After removing a tripod’s spike’s they are replaced with mini ballheads attached to the mentioned suction plates via aluminum stock. The combination of variable length legs along with flexible-angled vacuum plates allows the tripod to rest in various positions covering almost any desired coverage of the car. [Read more…]
You know those GoPro movies where the camera seems to rotate in space around a cyclist or a skier? Ever wondered how there were made? (If you wanna know what I am talking about check out the GoPro Hero 3+ commercial at around 3:33.
Those are made with something called a GoPro Swivel adapter and I will feature two of them today. The first one is a completely DIY solution which will take you 20 minutes to make and the second one is a commercial solution that will set you back $125. [Read more…]
Here is an interesting piece of gear. A 3d Printed lens collar that is designed for panoramic photography (this one is for Samyang 8mm, but the concept is similar for all).
While both the concepts of automated panoramas and nodal-point brackets are not new, I believe Ilya Titov made one heck of an innovative piece of gear, which is feature rich and I would not be surprised if someone productized (or crowd-funded) it.
Here it is, the key cord handstrap. Probably the cheapest handstrap ever built. You only need a key cord (free at events, make sure you get the one with a clip), your quick-release-plate, a needle and some strong wire (I used nylon).
Why you even need a hand strap you ask? because it will help you carry a heavy camera and remove the strain from your hands. Cool, right?
Jordan Thornsburg of Macroscope Pictures came with one of the most brilliant monopod hacks I have seen to date.
It’s called the pitchfork because the base has a 2 way devilish pitch fork on the bottom. While adding a second mounting point to a monopod mat seem trivial, it has a whole wide range of applications. Here are some off the cooler ones Jordan shares. [Read more…]
A short while ago Sony got a good buzz about their soon to be introduced AKA-DM1 dog-mounted camera harness for the HDR-AS15. This particular harness is set to initially release in Japan and it not yet available in the US. Yet, Jenny Cisney, chief blogger at Kodak did a similar DIY with a Joby Gorrilapod and a Kodak point and shoot back in 2006. (10 Karma point if you can identify the camera 🙂
Andrea Biffi is a photographer who happens to be an engineer. Good for everybody as he shares a smart totally made-at-home motorized panoramic head. (Kinda like the Gigapan systems heads, only simpler).
Just as a quick intro, a motorized panoramic head is what you use to take huge panoramas (like this 450 people pano taken in Germany). It takes a picture, moves the camera a few degrees, takes another picture. Rinse and repeat. Later, the individual photographs are stitched in post to create a huge, several Gigas worth of panorama.
Back to Andrea’s head. The ingenious part behind Andreas design is that it is purely mechanical. [Read more…]
Spoiling your camera is fun. It also shows her you love here. We’ve shown how to spoil your camera with a DIY Carbon Fiber lens hood and a DIY Waxed bag, but never actually showed how you can treat that special medium format camera that means so much to you.
If you like both hiking and photography you’d probably be thrilled at this hack which converts any wooden hiking staff into a self standing monopod.
This means that when you are hiking all by yourself (or with a friend) you will always have a way to take a selfy (or a couplefy). [Read more…]