Photography Technology

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How do I hold a Camera (Part 1)

How do you hold a Camera, Aug 20, 2020
An photo of a hand grip that screws to the bottom of a camera 

A close up of the hand grip. this end of it has a 1/4 inch screw. 

I realized that no matter what model of camera I was going to get. It was going to have to have a pullout viewer because I can not hold the camera up enough for me to be able to look through the viewer, so I thought. The camera I picked was the Panasonic Lumix FZ300 bridge camera. The first thing that attracted me to this one was. I did not have to worry about changing the lens, the reason for that was the lens is permanently mounted to the camera.

In this picture I am holding my camera with out hand grip, looking at the pull out viewer. So I have to look down at the viewer. this makes it hard on the neck. 

After using the camera the way you see me using it in the above picture, I discovered something new, a camera grip. I figured with the camera grip. I would be able to hold the camera up a little higher and be able to look out the viewer.

In this picture I have the grip conneccted to the bottom of the camera. Now I can look out the actual viewer. The problem with this is.I have to bend my neck a lot, making it very uncomfortable. 

As you can see in the second picture. For the most, it worked pretty well. Then I started to think about what if I could get the camera a little higher, it would be less strain on the neck. So as of now, we're just using the one camera grip. But were in the process of adding a second grip the existing one, and we will have a follow up on this soon.

This picture shows the grip and an inset picture of the grip mounted to a camera.

How do I hold a Camera (Part 2)

How do you hold a Camera, Aug 20, 2020
What I did here is Connected two grips together. I took a 3/8 shaft and connected the two 3/8 holes together, making the grip a lot longer. Now it's 11 inches long now.

So as you can see in the above picture. What I did was connect two grips together. Because there is a 3/8th hole at one end and a 1.4 screw at the other. I first thought of getting a reducer to put in the 3/8 hole so it would except a 1/4 screw. But then realized it would make a the conncetion weak.

This is a close up of the two grips connected together.

So what we decided was to connect both 3/8 ends together. We took a 3/8 bolt and cut off the head and ended up with a 2 and a half inch long shaft with threads. It gave it more strength.

This is an image of me holding my camera with the longer version of the grip. Now I'm standing straighter and a lot easier on the neck and back.

The end result as you can see is. I'm standing much more straighter and more control of the camera. Keep one thing in mind. I do have a remote shutter button I can use if I want, and stand even more straighter.

Loupedeck+ Plus Photo and Video Editing Console

Loupedeck +, July 17, 2020
This is an image of the Loupedeck+ Plus Photo and Video Editing Console. It looks like a computer keyboard but with dials and buttons.

So you may be asking yourself, what is a Loupedeck editing console? Well, it’s a keyboard for editing photo’s in programs like Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop. It gives you more control of how you want your photos to look like. So why do I choose to use it? It’s quite simple and if you think about my reasoning, you will realize it has nothing to do with having a disability. When you use your computer mouse to edit your pictures, you have to have a steady hand to slide the setting options. With Loupedeck it's just the matter of turning a few dials and moving a few slider controls, and many other options that the editing console comes with.


Panasonic DMW-RSL1 Remote Shutter Release ( For Lumix FZ300 )

Remote Shutter Release, July 17, 2020
 This is an image of the Panasonic DMW-RSL1 Remote Shutter Release

This type of cable can be very helpful when it comes to taking pictures. Often people have a hard time holding the camera, and even harder snapping the picture at the same time. With this remote shutter release cable, you can hold it in your mouth or maybe mount it on the armrest of a wheelchair and push the button with your elbow or any other adaptation.

Pacsafe Camsafe 75 Neck Strap

Camera Strap, July 16, 2020
 Here is an image of the Pacsafe Camsafe 75 Neck Strap. I chose this type because the dtrap is ridged and easy to but over my head.

I chose the Pacsafe Camsafe 75 neck strap. My reasoning for choosing it was. I have a hard time flipping a camera strap over my head. With this particular one, it has wiring inside the strap and covered in foam. That makes it more rigid and I’m able to pull it over my head.