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BV6Pro Video Tripod Kitby BenroThe Benro BV6 Pro combines the BV6 video head with the A673TM dual stage tandem style tripod. This tripod kit suits the needs of outdoor and studio setups alike. The BV6 supports up to 13.2 lbs and does so with smooth movements.
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BV4Pro Video Tripod Kit The Benro BV4 Pro combines the BV4 video head with the A673TM dual stage tandem style tripod. This lightweight video tripod kit is ideal for camera payloads up to 8.8 lbs and for videographers on the go.
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KH Video Tripod Kitby BenroThe Benro KH25N and KH26NL Tripod Kits are ideal for compact digital video cameras, HDSLRs and still cameras with long lenses weighing up to 11 lbs. Featuring an improved leg locking system, fluid pan, and fluid tilt heads, these tripods allow for smooth camera movements to capture that perfect shot...
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Benro Video Hi-HatsThe Benro Hi-Hat is a versatile video production tool that has been engineered to fit your workflow. This tripod is capable of supporting heavy
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GoPlatformGet ready to turn any stand or tripod into a mobile workstation, with the SystemGo GoPlatform. Easily mount your laptop or projector to this
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Tips for Better Landscape and Travel Photographs by Brenda TharpWhen you want to make your best landscapes or travel scenes, a tripod is still the best way to go. Tripods force you to work more slowly, and because of that, you tend to be more careful with your composition and focus. They also allow you to create more depth-of-field by using a smaller aperture and allow you to incorporate motion in your still image, such as in a waterfall or stream, without pushing the ISO way up.
Tips for Better Landscape and Travel Photographs
Tripods force you to work more slowly, be more careful with your composition and create more depth-of-field by using a smaller aperture.
Webinar: Creating a "Talking Senior Portrait" with Stills and Videoby Joe BradyLearn how to combine stills, video and sound into a fun and special "Talking Portrait" that will have great appeal to students and parents!
Webinar: Creating a "Talking Senior Portrait" with Stills and Video
Learn how to combine stills, video and sound into a fun and special "Talking Portrait" that will have great appeal to students and parents!
Capturing the Mystique of Death Valleyby Scott StulbergDeath Valley is a photographer's paradise and one of Scott's favorite places on earth as the possibilities for unique and powerful images never gets old. Being prepared is absolutely key and with a little knowledge and the right gear, your chances of getting a great shot will be much better!
Capturing the Mystique of Death Valley
Death Valley is a photographer's paradise and being prepared is absolutely key! Learn how Scott gets great shots.
Finding A Tigerby Tom SvenssonOnce one could find tigers from Turkey in the West of Eurasia to Russia in the East, but today they can only be found in a few countries in Asia. With this in mind, Tom Svensson decided to follow his friend Rajat Singh to India to get more information and see these wonderful animals.
Finding A Tiger
Wildlife photography at its best! Finding a tiger in his natural setting and following him. . .
Star Trailsby Jeff McCrumWant star trails? Tripods provide a stable base for the photographer to explore any exposure times longer than 1/60th of a second. Learn more here!
Star Trails
Want star trails? Tripods provide a stable base for the photographer to explore any exposure times longer than 1/60th of a second. Learn more here!
Webinar: Tools & Techniques For Photographing The Passage Of Timeby Joe BradyLearn how to produce powerful and captivating images that combine flowing motion and amazing detail in outdoor scenic shots that include water.
Webinar: Tools & Techniques For Photographing The Passage Of Time
Learn how to produce powerful and captivating images that combine flowing motion and amazing detail in outdoor scenic shots that include water.
How to Turn Nearly Anything into a Tripod for Under $100by Chris GampatNeed a sturdy and super portable tripod? For under $100? You've come to the right place!
How to Turn Nearly Anything into a Tripod for Under $100
Need a sturdy and super portable tripod? For under $100? You've come to the right place!
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Benro S8 Video Tripod HeadThe Benro S8 Fluid Video Head combines advanced professional features with an intuitive design that's durable, yet extremely light-weight and portable. This is the new "go anywhere, do anything" head that should have a place in any serious filmmakers kit.
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Benro S8 Video Tripod KitsAre you ready to shoot? The new Benro S8 Video Tripod Kit was made for the filmmaker who's excited to go out into the world and make something new. Let's go!
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Benro S-Series Tripod Kits The perfect pairing of Video Heads, Legs and a Padded Travel Case, each Benro S-Series Video Tripod Kit is based on an eighth-generation design of single leg tubes and flip lever leg lock mechanisms.
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Benro Digital Tripods Learn more at BenroUSA.com! BENRO Digital Aluminum tripod kits include precision matched Ballheads and are ideal for the Digital photographer who recognizes the need for stability and sharp photos that only a tripod can deliver.
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Benro Video Tripods The Benro Video Tripod is ideal for studio applications and handling larger video cameras.  
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Benro Travel Angel Tripod Kits The Benro Travel Angel - small enough to fit in your backpack, yet rugged enough to handle any shooting opportunity that comes along.  
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Benro Classic Tripods Benro Classic Tripods provide photographers with traditional camera support utilizing the most modern materials and advanced features.
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Benro Versatile Tripods Benro Versatile Tripods provide photographers with outstanding camera support and an extra twist - an angularly adjustable center column.
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Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel Tripods Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel, the most compact full size tripod ever...also converts to a compact monopod for even greater versatility.  
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Benro B-Series Ballheads Benro B-Series Ballheads offer separate manual drag and lock controls, a universal quick release mounting plate system, and a smooth independent panning control, all with positive locking knobs.  And all house in a precision-machined black alloy body.  
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Benro BH-Series Ballheads Benro BH-Series single action Ballheads have been designed to ensure smooth movement and stable positioning.  They feature a snap-in quick release camera plate with dual locking system, a built-in bubble level, and offer compact, light weight camera support.  
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Benro Classic Monopods Benro Classic Monopods provide rapid setup, strength, light weight, fast action and reliable performance for sports, nature, and for when a tripod just won't fit.  
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Benro DJ-Series Monopod Tiltheads The Benro DJ-Series Monopod Tilthead is ultimately the perfect camera platform for virtually any monopod.  
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Benro HD-Series 3-Way Panheads The Benro HD-Series 3-Way Panheads offer smooth front and horizontal tilt and panning movements along with secure locking handles and knobs.
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Benro Travel Flat Tripods The Benro Travel Flat delivers strong support with the added convenience of an ultra-compact flat-folding design.  
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Benro Aero Travel Tripod Kit for Video Take to the skies with Benro’s Aero travel tripod kit for video. This super compact video tripod utilizes reverse folding legs, making it small enough to fit inside of a backpack, rolling case or carry on. Each kit includes a removable flat base fluid effect video head with both pan (left to rig...
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Benro Move Over 4 SliderLearn more: http://bit.ly/1z6k48y Ready to shoot? With Benro's new Move Over 4 Slider, capturing smooth slider shots has never been easier. Perfect for the advancing filmmaker who wants enhanced production value. The Move Over 4 is a travel friendly solution to capturing flawless slider shots.
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Tips for Better Landscape and Travel Photographs

I am often asked by my clients on my travel photography tours whether a tripod is necessary. My answer? Always. Many cameras now boast very acceptable noise management, but that doesn’t mean using a high ISO won’t be a compromise to the quality of a lower ISO. When you want to make your best landscapes or travel scenes, a tripod is still the best way to go. Tripods force you to work more slowly, and because of that, you tend to be more careful with your composition and focus. They also allow you to create more depth-of-field by using a smaller aperture and allow you to incorporate motion in your still image, such as in a waterfall or stream, without pushing the ISO way up.

1. Capture Moments
A tripod allows you to set up, compose, and be ready for the moment when it occurs. With this bear family, I was observing them eating and loved how she would swoop her paw around a wad of grass. I got ready for that moment, but I also wanted the young cub that was visible to have a mouthful of grass. Being on the tripod allowed me to watch both actions and time it when they were both right.

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2. Think About Panoramas
We are used to seeing the width equivalent to what you’d see through a 40mm lens, more or less, so when you can create wider formats, such as panoramas, it’s exciting and a fresh way for the eye to view a scene. I feel they add something to each travel journey I make, as well as when doing my landscape photography. While it’s amazing what you can do with hand-held exposures due to sophisticated software for stitching, I have found that I often drift downhill to the right when I move my camera to capture my series for a panorama. I try to compensate for that, but it’s still risky. When the stitching is done, I sometimes find I clipped off the mountaintop or steeple because I drifted too much! So I use the tripod in most cases now. I don’t use all the fancy nodal sliders and leveler heads, but with a little patience to level the tripod head, and a few practice ‘swings’ to see how it looks, I can get great results. The results are consistently more successful using my tripod.

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3. Photograph at Dawn or Sunset
Nothing adds more mood to a scene like an image made in the golden or ‘blue’ hour, when the twilight or sunset sky balances with the city lights in your exposure. When I travel, I always plan to be out for early morning light and sunset/twilight where I know I can capture the mood of a place. When your friends are inside eating dinner, you need to be out making pictures!

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This type of photograph requires a slow shutter speed, one below what most vibration control mechanisms can manage, even with a wider angle lens. So this is another time when a tripod is essential for me. This dusk view over the city of Havana, Cuba was made from the 17th floor of a hotel that I chose for the location. Maybe I could have used the balcony railing and done a shorter exposure by raising the ISO high, but I chose my tripod for more stability, as I was at f16 for 20 seconds.

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I also look for rooftop restaurants and bars, or church bell towers, etc, to capture an aerial-like view of a city or village. These pictures add a unique way to share the place visited. In Sevilla, a modern sculpture was erected in a square that gives visitors an elevated view of the city. The sculpture itself is very unique, and at dusk, it was lit and in balance with the twilight sky around it. This exposure was just 7 seconds at f16, but long enough to run the risk of vibrations from people walking all over this structure! I had to time it when I thought no one would start up or down the steps.

I love to work with mixtures of ambient light over flash when working inside. This young monk was praying below a reclining Buddha statue, and the candlelight was spectacular on the whole scene. Thankfully, I was allowed to use my tripod inside the small stupa. It was a very narrow space, so I couldn’t spread my tripod legs out completely, but even partially spread, it gave me enough stability to get the shot. The exposure was .8 sec at f10, and he did a great job of holding very still for the photo!

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As a landscape photographer, I can’t live without the stable platform of a tripod. Too many pictures I create are with small aperture for great depth of field, or in the low light of sunrise or sunset. I also like to incorporate the suggestion of motion in my still images, such as with moving water. The photo of Yosemite Falls was made one special night when it was clear and a full moon was rising over the cliffs. The exposure was about 6 minutes, and being set on the tripod, I could use my remote release to make the photo.

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The sunburst inside Hickman Arch in Capitol Reef required three exposures for an HDR process. To make certain I had the starburst align properly, I had to use the tripod. It was a challenge because the sun moves faster than you think when you try to capture a sliver of it along an edge like this stone arch. Yet with continuous frame setting on the camera, I captured them quickly enough that it worked.

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I love intimate details, and while I used to just bend over to try and get parallel to scenes like this leaf on drying mud, I learned my lesson when too often, one section of the scene would be ‘soft’, outside the depth of field. To render this scene completely sharp, I needed f16 and that put my shutter at ? second, so a tripod was required.

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Can you tell I’m a tripod lover? You bet! I can’t do my job as an artist without one for certain types of photography. Candid moments, street photography, flying birds – all of those work better without being on a tripod, but for landscapes, intimate details, macro, slow-moving wildlife, perching birds, travel scenes at dusk, interiors, and more, it’s a valuable tool for me. When I travel, I just make sure to have a light but sturdy tripod that is packable, to guarantee I’ll always have it with me.



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Webinar: Creating a "Talking Senior Portrait" with Stills and Video

 

Hosted by Joe Brady on May 6, 2014
Sponsored by Sekonic and Benro

All of today’s cameras and smartphones feature video capture. Why is this important to a portrait photographer? Join host Joe Brady as he shows you how to incorporate video into a portrait shoot and make some money doing it.

Video capture is usually the easy part. Assembling the various pieces into your finished product is often the big problem for many photographers. This presentation will guide you through all of the steps from motion video, video with stills, recording sound and adding a music track.

Joe will show both gear and techniques to combine stills, video and sound that you can use to create a fun and special "Talking Portrait" that will have great appeal to both students and parents.

 

Equipment List
Sekonic L-478DR
Benro S4 Video Monopod Kit – A48FBS4
Benro S6 Video Head
Benro Travel Angel II – C2682TV2
PocketWizard PlusX Radio Triggers
Zoom H1 Audio Recorder
Sennheiser Wireless Lav Mic Kit
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
Sony a-99 DSLR
Sony 70-200 f2.8 Zeiss Lens
Sony RX10 Camera
MeFOTO Sidekick360
MeFOTO WalkAbout Monopod/Walking Stick

 

Talking Senior Portraits

 

 



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Capturing the Mystique of Death Valley

Just the name evokes a curiosity but also lets you know that this place demands respect.

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Death Valley didn't just get its name by accident and many people have not made it out of this incredible place alive as the temperatures have been recorded as the hottest on earth throughout history. The landscape is as diverse as anywhere on earth with Badwater being the lowest place on earth with salt patterns in geodesic dome formations that make you feel like you've landed on the moon. Standing above Zabriskie Point, and gazing upon the almost surreal rock formations that I have never seen anywhere else on earth is definitely a photographer's dream. The infamous Racetrack, one of the flattest places on earth where large rocks seem to move invisibly and create their own tracks, never stops intriguing every single visitor.

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Death Valley is a photographer's paradise and one of my favorite places on earth as the possibilities for unique and powerful images never gets old. But after many trips and countless workshops to this unique National Park, I would have to say my heart really belongs to the mesmerizing Mesquite Sand Dunes located near Stovepipe Wells. Once you gaze upon these picturesque sand dunes the first time, you can't help but want to run out and start clicking the camera. But you first need to know a few things about these beautiful dunes and the best way to capture them. Being prepared is absolutely key and with a little knowledge and the right gear, your chances of hitting a home run will be much better!

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First, for everyone, bringing enough water is absolutely quintessential. Although the dunes appear close to the road, they are at least a 20 to 30 minute hike in and sometimes the heat can be brutal and having enough water is an absolute necessity! Then it’s the time of day. Sunrise and sunset are pretty much the only times that you’re going to be able to capture these amazing dunes with all their grandeur because the shadows will be giving the dunes the drama that is needed and during the day, without shadows, you won’t get the best shots. As far as camera gear, wide angle and telephoto are equally important as the images you will capture from each perspective are incredibly different. I have even shot from the side of the road way off into the dunes with my 500 mm lens, as the compression is incredible and so dynamic but any lens will pretty much get you something good. And I would never photograph the dunes without a good tripod as you really need to set up and compose each image with precision and the benefits of a tripod are enormous. I can fine tune my vision and then lock it down to get just what I want and the sand dunes are no different than anywhere else that I photograph on earth as my tripod goes with me everywhere!

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For photographers, a trip to Death Valley will almost guarantee you the unique perspective of this incredible planet. Just remember to respect the weather but also bring the right camera gear and of course have water with you all the time! This is without a doubt one of my favorite places on earth to photograph.

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Finding A Tiger

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Where To Look

The worldwide tiger population has decreased 97% in the last 50 years.

Today, we only have about 3,200 left of all nine subspecies of Panthera Tigris – the tiger.

Once one could find tigers from Turkey in the West of Eurasia to Russia in the East.

However, today they can only be found in a few countries in Asia.

With this in mind, I decided to follow my friend Rajat Singh to India to get more information and see these wonderful animals.

 

First Stop: Barrackpore

I traveled to Barrackpore in West Bengal, probably one of the best bird parks in the world and a place I strongly plan to visit again.

It is magical.

It was also here I spent a great deal of time (and much to my delight) taking photos of monkeys. 

I love photographing them because they have so many expressions and do so many funny things.

I use the Benro Travel Angel II Tripod which is so very light and easy to bring with you when traveling.

Knowing that I can also make it in to a monopod is important, as I use that feature often during my wildlife photography.

 

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Next Stop: Ranthambhore National Park

 
After taking many photographs, I continued on my way to Ranthambhore National Park.

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Ranthambhore NP (RNP) is 400km2, but they are planning to increase it to 1500km2. For me, this is very good news. They report that there are now 52 tigers in RNP. The word Tiger comes from the word “tigri” that means arrow and means that Tigers are like arrows – fast and quiet.

RNP is very beautiful and has much prey in it for predatory animals such as tigers.

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My first tour of the park gave me access to photograph four leopards. They say that for every 100 tigers you see, you will see one leopard so I figured that I am now I entitled to see for 400 tigers! (grin)

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On the very next trip, I did encounter a tiger.

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I had extremely good luck to be accompanied by a very experienced ranger that had a fantastic feeling for where the tiger was going to be found. Lucky me!

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One day we spent two hours with T24, a massive male, and rumors say that he has killed three people.

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T24 was a massive and very impressive tiger.

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Following T24 and my guide around resulted in a lot of walking in a beautifully-lit forest, going into a cave and to swim, and more.

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What else can one ask for?

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Gear When Traveling

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When traveling around in a jeep, I tend to use a GH2 and monopod or the single leg from my Travel Angel II converted to monopod.

If you, like me, are impressed by tigers, I strongly suggest that you make a trip to India; it will be worth every minute.

Seeing a tiger in the wild is an amazing feeling.

I hope our children also will be able to see them in the future so let’s try to help keep the tigers alive and healthy.

 

All images and words in this article are used with permission and ©Tom Svensson, all rights reserved. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this article, but please do not replicate or repost elsewhere without written permission.

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Jeff McCrum works in New York with frequent travels to Maine and anywhere the skies get dark. A space junkie from a kid he loves the quiet of the night's long hours and any opportunity to watch the skies.

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Star Trails

"The tripod is essentially a simple device, but if poorly designed or constructed, it can cause inferior image quality and endless frustration." - Ansel Adams

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As a long-time tripod advocate I have spent innumerable hours trying to convince people that a well-built tripod would be the best thing for improving their photography. Tripods provide a stable base for the photographer to explore any exposure times longer than 1/60th of a second. They allow you to create time-lapse movies. They let you be in the photo. Quite simply, they become someone else so you don't have to hold your camera all the time.

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But I hear the same complaints: “Too big.” “Too heavy.” “Too expensive.” “Too impatient.” Too much work, in other words. I also hear the collaborating complaints: “My shots are too blurry.” “My shots are too dark.” “I wanted more depth of field.” “Why can't I get star trails?” 

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Night photography requires a stable connection to the Earth. The planet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour while orbiting the sun at another 67,000 miles an hour, but it's the best solid point of reference most of us have. Any long exposure aimed at the sky for five minutes will show the viewer how much it's all moving around up there, and the firmer your camera can be the better your star trails will look.

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When I accidentally busted my specialized tripod legs with expensive ballhead, I was convinced I'd never find another set of legs that would fold down to 18”, extend comfortably to my eye level, and be less than eight pounds. I spend a week every summer trekking across Maine's Monhegan Island. Between scouting out night shots, running around with the kids, and eventually going out to await moonrise or lightpaint nature along a rough trail it seems like I walk the length of the island at least three or four times, which starts to add up if you count the thousand vertical feet. Bigger tripods have a tendency to snag on the narrow trails and when scrambling up cliffs in the middle of the night any extra weight can really be felt when you have another mile to go to get home.

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The carbon fiber C2682TV2 has significantly changed how I am able to shoot. Lighter, faster, stable, and with a load of improvements over my aluminum legs and previous ballhead. My previous legs were less than 18”, but that required removing the head every time I wanted to get to that length. The Benro legs cleverly swing up along the center column for an overall length slightly longer than 18” but certainly able ot get stowed away in any standard airplane carry-on. My camera is over my head at full extension with the column, but I try to avoid using it when possible. Even so the head is smartly positioned at slightly more than 54 inches when just using the legs, just slightly below eye level for all 5 foot 7 of me.

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Weighing in less than a half-gallon of milk (four pounds) is certainly appreciated at all times of the day. If you're worried about this being too light for your gear, rest assured the tripod can hold 40 pounds steady and the hook at the bottom of the center column can hold your gear bag for extra stability (just be sure it's touching the ground, putting a pendulum at the bottom of the camera is definitely to be avoided). The head has a bubble level to confirm the camera is level before snapping in the Arca-Swiss plate. I find myself appreciating the simplicity of the locking release knob when I use it, a half rotation allows the plate to slide for adjustment but in order to fully remove the camera you just pull back on the knob and unscrews fully. It's very easy one-handed and because it happens every time I tighten the camera down means I never forget the lock.

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There are a passel of additional reasons that I've fallen for this tripod: The fact one of the legs unscrews to use as a monopod so I don't need to bring along another piece of gear, the included spike feet, the second quick-release plate, the well-engineered head with adjustable drag, the shoulder bag, the sealed leg adjustments, but if I had known that a tripod with miniscule weight and tiny size were available years ago I would have happily replaced my tripod long before I needed to.

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Webinar: Tools & Techniques For Photographing The Passage Of Time

VIDEO WEBINAR ON DEMAND:




Tools & Techniques for Photographing the Passage of Time

Sponsored by Sekonic, Benro, and Induro

Photography is magical. You can use your camera to capture a fleeting moment and a passage of time in a single photograph.

In this webinar, Joe Brady will show you how to produce powerful and captivating images that combine flowing motion and amazing detail in outdoor scenic shots that include water. Then he will bring his camera into town to record locations over minutes to demonstrate how the flow of action creates results that are both telling and eerie.

Joe will be using the Benro Travel Angel II along with the Sekonic L-758DR light meter to show you how easy it is to get the perfect exposure information to make your flowing landscape – even when the exposure runs into seconds and even minutes to get the look you want.

Key tools for long exposures include neutral density filters and sturdy tripods. Joe will show how to use them and introduce you to some of his favorite support systems from both Benro and Induro to ensure that the static parts of the scene remain tack sharp.

The images created are fun and exciting, so join us for this informative and inspiring session.

 

Equipment List:

Sekonic L-758DR
Benro Travel Angel II
Induro Hi-Hat
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
Camera: Sony a-99
Lens: 24-70mm & 70-200mm
Filters: 3stop & 9stop neutral density filters



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How to Turn Nearly Anything into a Tripod for Under $100

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Turn Anything into a Tripod (4 of 6)ISO 2001-250 sec at f - 4.0

If I’ve ever really needed a sturdy and super portable tripod, I’ve often turned to Gorillapods. But they can’t do everything necessarily. But upon a recent visit to the MAC Group facilities, I stumbled upon a super affordable way to turn nearly anything into a stable shooting surface on the cheap.

 

Benro BH0 Ballhead

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Turn Anything into a Tripod (5 of 6)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 4.0

This ballhead is a single action version–which means that with a twist of that knob you see there the entire head will essentially be able to move about. But if you’re taking a single shot that doesn’t require you to pan, or if you’re shooting a timelapse, this is really all you need.

This ballhead is built pretty darn well for its affordable price. Fair warning though: hold onto your camera when you loosen that knob.

Kupo Convi Clamp with Adjustable Handle

Kupo makes grip gear and some really sturdy stands. And the Convi Clamp is no exception. Even though it is built for the studio, its one heck of a clamp and quite literally the backbone behind this entire hack.

It clamps down onto nearly any surface and if your surface is flatter than what you see in the photo above, then you can insert a little flattener piece.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Turn Anything into a Tripod (3 of 6)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 4.0

To keep it clamped in place, you’ll need to crank it. Think about a vice grip–that’s pretty much what this is!

Do the Math

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Turn Anything into a Tripod (2 of 6)ISO 2001-100 sec at f - 4.0

Let’s see here: The Kupo Convo Clamp: $24 + Benro BH0 Ballhead: $47 = $71.00 + tax.

Edit: Also add in this threaded mounting plate and that tacks on another $15.

Not too shabby, huh? Note that this isn’t meant to replace a full tripod, but is instead meant as a quick hack that is super portable and efficient.

 

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This article was originally published on ThePhoblographer.com.



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