A Simple Camera Strap That’s Tripod Friendly

A Simple Camera Strap That's Tripod FriendlyA while back we wrote about the M-Plate, a high end Camera Strap system designed (among other things) to support a tripod. Of course, this is not the only solution, and cheaper easier solution (though a but more limited) can be designed at the cost of a few pennies.

Sun Sniper, C-loops and other straps are fine but all lack of one or two features that prevented me from breaking the coin vase. Some are too light and I wouldn’t dare relying on them with my camera, others don’t have threads to mount on a tripod, others just aren’t DIY. So I came up with my own design (more an improvement of other projects) that combine almost all the qualities of all the quick shooting straps made for compulsive photographers. [Read more...]

How To Build A Gorillapod Based Cineskates-Like Dolly

A few weeks back Kickstarter’s Cineskates project funded with almost half a million from backers.

It was only a matter of time till someone came up with a budget friendly solution. Instructables user fungus amungus built a similar contraption using a Hybrid Gorillapod and $35 worth of Rollerblade wheels (for two sets of dollies).

For this project you actually have to drill the Gorillapod unlike the click-based Cineskates system, but saving about a $100 may provide some incentive.

[Tripod Dolly on instructables] [Read more...]

The M-Plate Is One Smart Tripod Plate

The M-Plate Is One Smart Tripod PlateOne of the main issues with sliding straps solutions like the C-loop and Black Rapid’s FastenR-3 is that they take away your quick release plate mounting point.

That means that you need to choose if you are going to use a tripod OR sling your camera each time you go on a shoot, and need to take the plate or connector off each time you wanna switch.

Custom SLR (the guys behind the C loop) aim at solving this problem (and a few others) with a new kickstarters project, the M plate (I wonder if they are going to run through the Alphabet).

The idea is to make a plate that connects both with Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss quick release systems while providing an array of additional mounting points for a strap, a hand grip and a few rig products which they say are in the pipe.

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Camera Stabilizer On A Shoe String Budget

This is one of the more clever tricks I saw, and despite it being old, it is still great.

The premise is that you can make a device that will give you about two more stops of steady exposure at almost no cost, using a bolt and a piece of string.

The video explaining this device is below and a more sophisticated version showing how to use more string and/or a door knob is on instructables.

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Use A Toilet Flange For Elevated Video While Kayaking

Use A Toilet Flange For Elevated Video While KayakingIf you ever went Kayaking, you know how hard it is to get a good shot or a video of the trip. You can always hand hold the camera, but it would be very hard to stabilize and will of course take one hand away from the paddle.

One of the high end ways to overcome this lack of free hand is to use a GoPro Helmet Hero, but this will set you back 300$.

Another more frugal way is to use a toilet flange as photographer and kayak paddler Jeremy Richter explains in the post below. [Read more...]

Notebook-Size Platform For Tethered Shooting

Notebook-Size Platform For Tethered ShootingRecently I treated myself to the Manfrotto 131DDB Double Head Support (USA) / (AUS) which allows me to mount both my camera and a laptop on the same tripod, for when I’m shooting tethered.

Now all I needed was a platform for my notebook; but all I could find available were platforms for laptops. Too big for what I needed and I also wanted something a little more secure so that my notebook would not be easily knocked over. [Read more...]

A Shotgun Camera Tripod – Mounting A Camera Next To The Driver’s Seat

A Shotgun Camera Tripod - Mounting A Camera Next To The Driver's SitSometimes you’d wanna mount a camera next to the driver. This gives you a great POV as the shotgun passenger.

For stills you may wanna do this if you want to catch the dial going up to 88 MHP without breaking the law or shopping the speed in.

But I find this technique to be more relevant for videographers that want to use the shotgun POV as part of their story telling.

While a Gorillapod may be an option for smaller cameras, big cameras need more support. In this tutorial, Boris Georgiev is going to show us how to build a very simple and cheap shotgun mount. [Read more...]

Shoot Quickly With A DIY Glide Strap

Shoot Quickly With A DIY Glide StrapIf having a C-Loop (or the C-Loop DIY version) is not great by itself (which we think it is) you can make it even greater by complementing it with a Glide Strap. When you use a Glide Strap (or any of the other gliding systems) you can quickly move from carrying position to shooting position.

You can do this because gliding mechanism allows the camera to slide without the need for the strap to move.

Yes, you guessed it, Cameron Texter made his own DIY glide strap, and he’ll share his contraption after the jump. [Read more...]

Sling Your Camera With A DIY C-Loop For Under $5

Sling Your Camera With A DIY C-Loop For Under $5The C-loop, R-Strap and Sun Sniper are three systems designed to change the way you carry your camera around.

They all share a similar idea – the strap goes inside the tripod screw. Of course, this probably makes the camera designers pull their hairs as they invested so much time in making those little two ‘ears’ that the normal strap goes on.

Anyhow, using a system like the C-Loop really changes the way you carry your camera around – something we have discussed before – it is way more comfortable that any “regular” strap.

In this tutorial Cameron Texter will show you how to make a DIY C-Loop for your camera. (warning, this is for a point and shoot, not sure I would trust this DIY with my Nikon D300 + the 24-70 2.8) [Read more...]

Build a Panoramic Head For Perfect Panoramas

Build a Panoramic Head For Perfect PanoramasI do some real estate photography that requires indoor panoramas. Those are kinda hard to take because the small space and proximity of objects really makes any parallax errors show significant distortion on the final picture.

First I bought the Panosaurus (which was HUGE and a bit cumbersome as it support any camera) but it does work. This got me thinking: do I really need a panoramic head that can support any camera at all, or do I just need to support my Lumix GH1 and 9-18mm lens.

After making a few brackets, I decided that this one is going to be focused on ease of manufacturing. [Read more...]