PetaPixel

How to Secure a DSLR When Shooting from Great Heights

When we shared the practice of “rooftopping” (climbing to the tops of skyscrapers and taking pictures from the edge) a couple days ago, some commenters pointed out that accidentally dropping your camera could kill someone on the ground. Well, Reuters photographer Mark Blinch had a “rooftopping” adventure of his own recently at the CN Tower in Toronto, which just launched an attraction called “EdgeWalk” that lets you walk hands free 356m (1,168ft) off the ground. Blinch describes how the crew secured his gear:

The morning started when the tower’s safety personnel attached all manner of clips and cables to my cameras so they could fasten them securely to the bright red jumpsuit they gave us to wear. I brought up a Canon 5d Mark II with a 16-35 wide zoom, and a Nikon D3s with a 24-70. The memory card slots, eyepiece, and battery doors of both cameras were all taped down to make sure nothing fell off. I have dropped a camera maybe once or twice in my life, and I knew this wouldn’t be the time to have an accident.

If you’re planning on doing any kind of photography where butterfingers could kill more than your camera, you might want to try this method of tape, clips, and cables.

Teetering on the edge [Reuters]


Image credits: Photographs by Mark Blinch/Reuters and used with permission


 
  • http://twitter.com/Blackbird_2 Bob Dunkin

    Nice!  A little ‘cheap’ on the hardware, but not bad overall!  Also, you can see my condo in the 3rd pic on the Reuters site.

  • http://twitter.com/Blackbird_2 Bob Dunkin

    Nice!  A little ‘cheap’ on the hardware, but not bad overall!  Also, you can see my condo in the 3rd pic on the Reuters site.

  • http://www.facebook.com/happytinfoilcat HappyTinfoil Cat

    I was wondering if the reflex to grab at your camera, if it slipped, would override the self-preservation genes. (flash back to guy overreaching for a baseball and falling to his death in front of his little boy last week)

  • http://profiles.google.com/markkalan Mark Kalan

    just looking at this gives me the heebie-jeebies; I’ve gone sky diving and have flown an airplane but I do not like being neat the edge of a building… eewwwww – reminds me of a shot Vince Leforet did of the guys changing the lightbulb at the top of the antenna on the Empire State building but Vince climbed ABOVE the workers with no safety strap; both those/these guys are more testicularly endowed than I!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    Rooftoppers eh? Over here we call them burglars.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pvjaarsveld Paul Van Jaarsveld

    I did an impromptu chopper shoot the other day with a D3 + 24-70mm lens and a D70 for backup. Was a R22, so I had to keep the door open with my one leg for some of the shots and ended up securing the D70 in front of the rudder pedals with my left foot. I could see in my minds eye how my camera would plunge to the ground or into the sea and clamped them for dear life. The thought never crossed my mind that if it drops it can actually kill somebody. Rather safe than sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pvjaarsveld Paul Van Jaarsveld

    I did an impromptu chopper shoot the other day with a D3 + 24-70mm lens and a D70 for backup. Was a R22, so I had to keep the door open with my one leg for some of the shots and ended up securing the D70 in front of the rudder pedals with my left foot. I could see in my minds eye how my camera would plunge to the ground or into the sea and clamped them for dear life. The thought never crossed my mind that if it drops it can actually kill somebody. Rather safe than sorry.

  • Ed1977
  • Ed1977