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Photography: camera pods

1 Fujifilm camera

One way to shoot that selfie is to mount your camera on the wall like this. I used my Nikon to take this shot of my Fujifilm S5600. The mount holding it to the wall tiles in my kitchen is a suction mount. It could hold it on any smooth surface like the roof of a car,  to shoot stills or video.

1 camera and Cokin filters

Here you can see the camera can be pointed outwards or it can be pointed down to photograph documents, etc. At the bottom of the picture, you can see my Cokin filters. They are square pieces of glass that fit in the frame, which then slides onto a metal ring that is screwed into your camera lens, just like a round filter. A collection of rings come with the kit to fit different lenses. I use a 52mm ring with my lens, but when I get a 300mm telephoto that has a 58mm filter thread.

1 camera mount

Here is a close up of the mount. It screws onto the camera and then you press it against your smooth surface and clip down the level for a tight suction.

1 tripod and monopod

If the camera moves while you’re taking a shot, you get a slight blurring. For really clear pictures, use a tripod, like this one. I’ve also put my new monopod along side it to compare the two. I’m quite tall and so I like the monopod. It also double as a walking or hiking stick which also suits me!

1 camerashot with wide aperture

I shot this outside. I used the monopod to keep the camera still and put the camera on aperture priority with a wide aperture. Photographing camera equipment is difficult because black doesn’t reflect very much light. You can see the wide aperture put the camera in focus, but my lawn in the background out of focus. You can read all the writing on the camera easily and none of it looks even slightly blurred, so it did the job.

If you want really clear pictures then use something to keep your camera still. If you have to do it hand held, use the viewfinder and keep the camera close to your body. You can also steady yourself by having one foot in front of the other or wide apart. Leaning on a fence or lamp post also helps when you’re using slow speeds. Keeping the camera really still and preventing even the slightest movement is particularly important if you intend to have your image enlarged to the size they use in galleries. My camera will do an image 6000 pixels by 4000 pixels and will enlarge to five feet wide with good definition. It’s important when you do a print that large that it really clear and not even slightly blurred.

What do you think? Do you have any tips for keeping the camera still? You can share them in the comments box.

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4 Responses

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  2. Hi Mike, Yes, I do try to rest my camera/smartphone on a fencepost or other stationary object to steady it. I also have a tripod but don’t tend to have it with me when I need it!

    April 30, 2014 at 19:57

  3. Hi Carolyn,

    I like the new monopod. I can use that when I’m out in the wilds! I had problems with these pictures. It’s always difficult in my home or garden, there’s always something in the background that shouldn’t be there! I did some photography in the garden today of the plants I’m growing. It’s beginning to look like an English garden rather than a jungle! 🙂

    April 30, 2014 at 23:23

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