If you are like me, you may think tripods are a huge pain. They are cumbersome and seem to get in the way most of the time. But for certain types of photos they can be useful (ie. night, low light, self portraits, or timer shots). Have you ever found yourself wishing you had something that could hold your camera at a weird angle or higher than you alone can reach? Meet my new friend… (And make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to learn how you can win one of my new friends – 2 are up for grabs here!)
Well recently I cam across a product at PhotoJoJo (one the coolest, fun photo accessory stores on the net) called the Gorillapod. There is one for point and shoots and one called Gorillapod SLR Zoomfor SLRs and heavier cameras. My curiousity got the best of me. So I tried it… And I have found, it may just help me be more creative at times. You can literally hang it on railings and banisters, put it low on a floor or ground, and hang it from chandeliers. With a latter or remote trigger, you could do some super cool stuff from up high. It can wrap around things and hold tight – your camera just screws into it. Imagine this up high at a wedding with a wide angle lens or fish eye lens.
I tested the sturdiness with my old Canon 20D with a 50 1.8 lens (just in case – LOL). It was totally safe though and soon my Canon 5D Mark II and L lenses will have the pleasure of taking a turn aboard it.
Here is the gorillapod outside – so you can keep your camera raised off the ground away from the elements…
What do you do when you are out shooting and need something stable – and have no big tripod? Tie the gorillapod to a banister…
What if you need to get down low to shoot a kid or get a fun wide angle shot? Let the gorillapod help you – this is on the floor inside – but I bet you could wrap it around your ankle too 🙂
And what about for those hard to reach places? I am short so a ladder is often helpful – but what about this over a dance floor? Or in this case a kitchen? And I thought people looked at my funny when I use the Gary Fong Lightsphere. Imagine the looks I could get with the gorillapod…
Now if you are a good reader, you got this far for the “good stuff” – the contest!!! 2 lucky winners will be picked at random on Sunday the 26th. All you have to do is enter below in the comment section by answer the following questions:
- Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?
- What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
- Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)?
And since I know you love me to go 1st, my answers are:
- compliments (Shootsac)
- strange looks (Gary Fong Lightspere or other flash modifiers)
- cannot live without (white t-shirts when photographing – yep – they make for the coolest catchlights)
Good luck everyone!!!