How I made a DIY remote on a pole adapter for operating both camera and light on my own

Mar 28, 2022

Petri Damstén

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How I made a DIY remote on a pole adapter for operating both camera and light on my own

Mar 28, 2022

Petri Damstén

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I recently created a one-man setup for light painting with strobes. It’s a quick and simple solution for operating the camera while holding the light by yourself.

I ripped off the legs of an old light stand, so it’s just a handheld pole with the light. I also want to use the camera remote control when holding the light. That way, I can operate my camera on a tripod when I don’t have an assistant.

At first, I had the remote held by gaffer tape. When I got my first 3D printer, I printed a proper holder. This holder is version 2 for pebble remote (not sponsored). I like this remote because it’s so tiny it fits into your palm when shooting self-portraits.

I have used this mainly for light painting, for example, a car.

But it works for quick portraits on a location too.

The STL file for the remote holder is here.

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Petri Damstén is a fine art photographer from Kuopio, Finland. Photography plays two roles in his life. It’s a passion that started after his retirement from his day job as a software engineer in which he has a BSc degree. For him, picture-making is also a very therapeutic process to handle feelings and thoughts in a creative way. You can see Petri’s work on his website, and be sure to follow him on InstagramFacebookBehanceYouTube, and Twitter. This article was also published here and shared with permission.

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One response to “How I made a DIY remote on a pole adapter for operating both camera and light on my own”

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    John Ludeman

    Super clever and practical Petri – doing real estate shots I’ve struggled juggling strobe and trigger in large spaces. Great idea to integrate into the handle!