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Creating a stable platform

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Video: Creating a stable platform

One of my primary concerns when tethering is that the camera is safe. Get that turned in so it's really tight, there we go.

Creating a stable platform

One of my primary concerns when tethering is that the camera is safe. A lot of times when I'm shooting tethered, I'm not touching the camera, and it needs to be able to stand on its own. The last thing you want to see is the camera tipped over on its side or smashed on the ground, because that's going to lead to an expensive repair bill. So you're going to want to make sure that the tripod is 100% stable. And, there's lots of different solutions out there. Now, I've got a heavy duty tripod here, which is great. And, what I'm going to do is, take advantage of extending these legs from the top first.

So what I want to make sure, is that I extend these out, and that I build it outward from the top. Get that turned in so it's really tight, there we go. Pull that down. Good. And at this point, I could leave that pretty much where it is. Let's just make sure that those are even, and let's just pull this bottom one in. Excellent. Now, one of the things I like to make sure of is that these are really tight. Now, you're not going to have a lot of weight on here, but you don't want this sagging over time. So if you're using a twist type tripod, just make sure everything is locked down. Don't crank it so hard that you can never untwist it, but make sure things are safe.

So nice and solid, there we go. There we go, all right, and we can take the legs open. Now, this particular tripod is an Induro. There's lots of brands out there. This is my more stable studio tripod, or the heavy duty one I use for things like time-lapse and panoramic photography. Note, I could push pretty hard on this. That's a lot of weight. And it's not moving. That's a good thing. Now, what we're going to do is just adjust the head here, and level things off. We got that basically level we could tweak that later.

And, I've got a rail-type system here. So, since I'm going to be shooting with a macro lens, I can easily move the camera in and out without having to move the tripod. So, that's a good idea. What's going to happen here with this is that I don't have to worry about constantly moving the tripod. Instead, I can just move the camera. Now, this type of rail system is a nice to have, not a necessity, but it's one of those things that's an easy investment as you start to build out. Let me just go ahead and start with that there. We'll tighten it down. And I've got that nice and secure.

On the bottom here I actually have a hook. So if I was concerned at all about things, I could hang a sand bag off of that for even extra weight to make it that much more stable. Let's drop that in place. There we go. And, what I'm going to do there, is keep the back leg towards the back and the two front legs are nice and close to the table. This lets me get really close. And at this point, we could bring the camera in. Now, for this particular type of shooting, I am using an Arca-Swiss style plate. This particular one is from really right stuff. These's lots of ones out there. But what I like is when I clamp this in, the camera is not coming off.

So I can go ahead and drop that in, line it up and it's good. Not that I recommend this as a regular type thing but note that plate is really solid. There we go. And at this point, I don't have to worry about the camera coming out of the tripod. You'll also note that I don't have to worry about the tripod falling over. So, that's a good stable platform. Lots of weight there. So even a little accidental pull or tug isn't going to push it over. At this point, I feel pretty confident that things are secure and we can go ahead and get ready for some of the next steps.

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Tethered Shooting Fundamentals

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Richard Harrington
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  1. 2m 5s
    1. What this course covers
      41s
    2. What you should know before watching
      1m 24s
  2. 9m 56s
    1. An overview of tethered shooting
      3m 17s
    2. The benefits of tethered shooting
      5m 23s
    3. The drawbacks of tethered shooting
      1m 16s
  3. 7m 49s
    1. Why are you tethering?
      1m 58s
    2. Creating a stable platform
      3m 51s
    3. Quick-release mounting for handheld shooting
      2m 0s
  4. 13m 14s
    1. Connection options
      4m 9s
    2. Securing the cable to the camera
      4m 44s
    3. Using tethered live view
      3m 3s
    4. File management for tethered shooting
      1m 18s
  5. 13m 32s
    1. Using a table for tethering
      1m 58s
    2. Using a dedicated tether table
      2m 17s
    3. Selecting a stand or tripod
      3m 4s
    4. Connecting the camera to a computer with a USB cable
      1m 49s
    5. Connecting the camera to a monitor with an HDMI cable
      1m 58s
    6. Keeping cables safe
      2m 26s
  6. 36m 3s
    1. Introduction to software
      46s
    2. Tethering with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
      8m 34s
    3. Tethering with Apple Aperture
      5m 28s
    4. Tethering with Canon EOS Utility software
      4m 59s
    5. Tethering with Phase One Capture One Pro
      9m 21s
    6. Tethering with Sofortbild
      4m 46s
    7. Keeping data mirrored on two devices
      2m 9s
  7. 11m 19s
    1. Choosing a card
      1m 54s
    2. Pairing the card to a mobile device
      3m 15s
    3. Using a camera with built-in wireless or an adapter
      6m 10s
  8. 32m 45s
    1. What is the CamRanger?
      1m 27s
    2. Creating a CamRanger network
      1m 10s
    3. Connecting the CamRanger
      1m 24s
    4. Adjusting the camera settings with the CamRanger on a laptop
      4m 25s
    5. Pairing the CamRanger to a mobile device
      58s
    6. Adjusting the camera settings with the CamRanger app on a mobile device
      2m 49s
    7. Shooting HDR with the CamRanger
      8m 28s
    8. Focus stacking with the CamRanger
      5m 35s
    9. Shooting time lapse with the CamRanger
      6m 29s
  9. 9m 6s
    1. Shooting with a GoPro
      1m 15s
    2. Setting up the GoPro
      2m 40s
    3. Tethering with a GoPro
      5m 11s
  10. 41s
    1. Wrapping up
      41s

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