DIY Tip: Attach a washer to your keychain to easily tighten and remove quick plates

DIY Tip: Attach a washer to your keychain to easily tighten and remove quick plates

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As change becomes less and less relevant with credit cards and digital payment systems, it’s become less likely than ever that you carry around change. How is this relevant to photography?

Because every so often there comes a time when you need to attach or remove a quick release system and don’t have a penny or nickel on hand to do so. Here’s a little DIY trick to ensure that you’ll be able to tighten or loosen your quick release plate even when you’re without change in your pocket.

What do you need for this hack? A washer and a keychain. That’s it.

As can be seen as the first demonstration in the below video, simply pick up a spare washer you have in the garage and attach it to your keychain. It’s small, usually sturdier than a coin and you won’t have to fumble around your car or couch to find a way to attach your camera to your tripod.

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Alternatively, you could string a few washers onto your camera bag. After all, you probably won’t be shooting anywhere without your bag nearby.

[via Lifehacker]

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