DIY Photography Hacks: make your own tripod holder

    | Photography Tips | 30/08/2012 02:00am
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    In these lean times, many photographers are exploring alternative methods of getting great pictures on a budget, and it just so happens that here at Digital Camera World we have a number of great DIY photography hacks and cool camera tips up our sleeve.

    In our latest DIY photography tutorial we explain a really simple way to make your own basic tripod holder.

    Street photography is not only demanding on the creative brain cells, it’s also demanding physically. Cradling a tripod all day is a pain in the proverbial, and if it’s tucked away in a bag the chances are it will be too much hassle to whip it out and use it.

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    Sling attachments aren’t available for all tripods, and carrying a tripod in your hands means you’re going to miss out on some great shots and get tired quickly.

    A couple of clamps, nuts, bolts and split-rings and you can have your very own built-in carrying system.

    DIY Photography Hacks: make your own tripod holder - step 1

    Hello, clampers
    The top part of the sling attaches to the centre column. Extend it and wrap an appropriate sized ‘P-style’ clamp around the top of the column with a split-ring around the screw. Secure it loosely with two bolts.

     

    DIY Photography Hacks: make your own tripod holder - step 2

    Ring the changes
    Retract the centre column and ensure the clamp and split-ring don’t foul the legs when they are extended, or the tripod head moves. Use a smaller split-ring if it catches, before tightening both bolts.

     

    DIY Photography Hacks: make your own tripod holder - step 3

    Mind your P’s and screws…
    Choose the tripod leg closest to the top split-ring, and fit another ‘P-style’ clamp so that it butts up against the leg locks. Remember to pass the screw through the split-ring rather than the other way around.

     

    DIY Photography Hacks: make your own tripod holder - step 4

    Fob me off
    Find an adjustable strap with clip locks that will pass through the split-rings and not foul the tripod head. An old camera strap will do the job nicely if you fit a small key-fob carabiner on each end for easy removal.

     

    DIY Photography Hacks: make your own tripod holder

    Off the shoulder look

    With the strap adjusted longer it’s easy to carry the tripod all day across your back. However, in most street situations where you may want to use it frequently, an off-the-shoulder shorter strap is perfect.

     

    DIY Photography Hacks: make your own tripod holder - step 6

    Whip it out
    There are many situations where you can’t do without a tripod, such as when shooting motion blur in candid photography. Being able to whip your tripod out quickly will make a big difference.

    Top Tip
    Use the extension of the tripod centre column to find the best comfort fit for your body size if you don’t have an adjustable 
strap fitted.

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    Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at 2:00 am under Photography Tips.

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