How to use a 'Plamp' for steadier macro shots at home or on location

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If you’ve ever tried to photograph a delicate plant outdoors you’ll know that it’s trickier than it seems, especially when working in windy conditions – flowery focal points are prone to being blown about!

A ‘plamp’, such as The Plamp II from Wimberley, is a clever device that has a large anchoring clamp at one end and a small clamp clip with soft foam jaws at the other to hold a fragile subject such as a flower stem steady. Between the two grippers there’s a long articulating arm made of ball and socket joints which allow you to bend it into position to hold a plant stem, reflector or LED light steady.

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Dan Mold
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Deputy Editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Dan also brings his technical wizardry and editing skills to Digital Camera World. He has been writing about all aspects of photography for over 10 years, having previously served as technical writer and technical editor for Practical Photography magazine, as well as Photoshop editor on Digital Photo

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