Picture the scene: You’re up at dawn to photograph the local wildlife. Your car is miles away, and you’ve hiked in the dark. A stag pops his head up out of the foliage in the distance. You reach for your long lens, you want to make sure this is a pin-sharp killer image, and then Dang! You realize you’ve left your monopod or tripod at home! This is exactly what happened to London based photographer Hiren Vekaria when he was out photographing deer with his Nikon Z6 and 500mm lens.
Before photography became my hobby of choice and eventually a career, I spent a lot of time building remote control boats, planes and cars. It turns out that the skills you learn as a kid to build a nitro powered model boat out of beer cans and styrofoam are very transferable to building homemade photography gear.
Disclaimer: the following article doesn’t have much to do with photography. If that is a problem for you, please don’t read it and then leave a disgruntled comment about how you wasted your time reading it.
This photo was shot using some pretty cool DIY photography gear – but that’s another story.