Posts Tagged ‘tripod’

Build Your Own DIY Tripod from Scratch

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Are you the type of person who enjoys using things built using your own two hands? 20-year-old Croatian tinkerer CroBuilder is like that too. He recently spent 10 hours in his workshop building a camera tripod from scratch.
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Manfrotto Launches the Pixi: Say Hello to My Little Tripod Friend

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You can quit squinting your eyes and holding your hats, folks. That’s not a UFO coming in for a landing, it’s Manfrotto’s brand-spanking-new Pixi tripod. It’s designed for smartphones and smaller cameras, and did we mention that’s it’s so tiny and cute? Oh yes it is!
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The Capture Camera Clip v2: A Sleek New Design Meets Tons More Functionality

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When the first Capture Camera Clip went to Kickstarter in 2011, it absolutely blew away its funding goal. Creator Peter Dering needed $10,000; he wound up raising almost $365,000! The last two years have been very kind to the versatile camera clip that allows you to securely hook your DSLR just about anywhere on your person, but along with the success have come many suggestions for possible improvement.

So, like any good designer, Dering is taking another stab at it: attempting the same idea, only this time with “brilliant execution.” The v2 is a redesigned, sleeker, better version of the first Capture system, with a bunch of new functionality built in. Read more…

Pocket Tripod: A Versatile iPhone Stand that Fits in Your Wallet

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What kind of invention gets Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak excited? The simple kind. That’s what got Woz to not only notice the credit card-sized Pocket Tripod, but feel so strongly about it he took to the Internet to sing its praises. Read more…

How to Use a Tripod for Smooth Tracking Shots On the Cheap

With the ability to shoot video now nearly ubiquitous among DSLRs, many photographers take advantage and switch into video mode on occasion. But because video isn’t a photographer’s first priority, camera sliders and cranes that many videographers find necessary for beautiful, smooth tracking shots don’t always make the budget.

Thankfully, if you’re not in the market for a slider or crane, but you still want to shoot the occasional tracking shot, the folks at DSLR filmmaking tutorial site Fenchel & Janisch shared this simple trick for getting similar results using the tripod already at your disposal. Read more…

UltraPlate Gives Your Camera Two Tripod Mounting Points On the Cheap

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About a month ago, we shared a Kickstarter for something called the Fusion Plate. The product made it easy to go from using a sling-style strap — something many photographers prefer to the traditional — to using a tripod without having to mess with screwing anything in.

The Fusion Plate has since far-surpassed its funding goal, but if you didn’t get a chance to buy one of those, or if the $65 price tag was just a little out of reach, the folks at JOBY have announced a more affordable alternative. Read more…

KeyProp: The Smartphone Stand That’s Always There When You Need It

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For those of you who often take pictures with your smartphone, but find that you never have a stand or tripod with you when you need one, here’s a creative Kickstarter that may solve that problem. Called KeyProp, this ingenious little key shaped smartphone stand fits on your key chain so you always have it with you — and it comes with a free camera timer/clap-to-snap app to boot. Read more…

Seamlessly Flow from Shoulder Strap to Tripod with the Fusion Plate

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About a year and a half ago, photographer David Fliger of Fusion Photo Gear found himself in a field, rushing to mount his camera onto a tripod in order to get a shot of a tractor in the fading light. There was only one problem: he already had his sling-style shoulder strap attached via the accessory loop that was sitting where his quick release plate would normally be.

It was a problem he ran into all too often (both used the 1/4″ accessory hole on the bottom of his camera) and one he made up his mind that day that he would solve. That’s when the Fusion Plate was born. Read more…

Disassembling a Tripod Ball Head to See How It Works

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This will probably be of limited interest to most of you, but we like to know how things work, not just how well they work. We thought we’d take a couple of pictures when we disassembled a ballhead in case any of you were interested. Our demonstration partner today was a Benro B1 ballhead that had a stripped tension adjustment knob, but all ballheads work basically the same way.
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CineVise Securely Clamps Your Camera To Anything It Can Grasp

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Cinetics, the people who brought you the CineSquid and CineSkates, introduced their newest alteration to a GorillaPod this last week, the CineVise. While the CineSquid enhanced your GorillaPod’s legs with powerful suction cups, and the CineSkates put your camera on wheels, the CineVise (quite literally) clamps your camera onto any clamp-able surface you may need to secure it to. Read more…