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Sep 19, 2011 09:31 |  #1

I apologize if this was asked in the past.

So I am 5'6" and when shooting weddings, I often times wish I was like 6'4". :lol::(

Anyways, I was browsing through Amazon and saw a few foldable step ladders. Some are made out of plastic, and others are made out of metal. Not sure which is best. I am thinking the metal one will be less risky than those plastic ones that claim to hold 300lbs.

So any of you use one? If so, what brand/model do you use?




  
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Sep 19, 2011 09:50 |  #2

Funny you should mention this *LOL*... I was thinking about ordering the one linked below.
Carry your gear and a step ladder :) I just used my home ladder at a family portrait session outdoors and it was a pain.

http://www.conair.com …and-cart-p-540-55_97.html (external link)


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Sep 19, 2011 10:32 |  #3

I'm 6'4" and I bring a step ladder to every wedding. It's a metal three step ladder ($40.00 from home depot). Even though I'm pretty tall, receptions always benefit from the "higher" angle. Wide angle, close down and have everyone looking up, bride and groom in the middle, makes for a great shot.




  
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Sep 19, 2011 10:38 |  #4

Thanks guys. Yeah, I want something where I can carry it into someone's house without it getting in the way. I would unfold it only when needed, typically when the bride is done putting on her dress and veil, and we are taking some portraits by the window, etc. I always wished I was taller. I usually find something to stand on, but I prefer to have a step ladder so I don't have to scramble to find something to stand on.

And yes, it will come in handy at receptions as well.




  
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Sep 19, 2011 10:43 as a reply to  @ nicksan's post |  #5

I have Amazon Prime, so it would be cool if I am able to find something on there.

So far, I found this: http://www.amazon.com …F8&qid=13164424​49&sr=8-17 (external link)




  
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Sep 19, 2011 10:45 |  #6

nicksan wrote in post #13127235 (external link)
Thanks guys. Yeah, I want something where I can carry it into someone's house without it getting in the way. I would unfold it only when needed, typically when the bride is done putting on her dress and veil, and we are taking some portraits by the window, etc. I always wished I was taller. I usually find something to stand on, but I prefer to have a step ladder so I don't have to scramble to find something to stand on.

And yes, it will come in handy at receptions as well.


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Sep 19, 2011 10:46 |  #7

I bought a 3 step folding ladder at Lowes lumber and hardware for multiple reasons including getting above the front liners. I have discovered that after spinal cord surgery and father time jokes on old farts I am close to 3 inches shorter than I was at a younger age and that puts me at a disadvantage when shooting over a crowd. stilts strapped to your feet and legs is another option. my ladder is of aluminum and plastic and serves me quite adequately.


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Sep 19, 2011 10:52 as a reply to  @ nicksan's post |  #8

That looks like a good one there. I have a small metal stepladder that is 2' high. I bought it at a local hardware store and it is a Cosco brand. It has come in very handy when doing events or portraits when I've had it. Folds up small and compact when not in use and can be taken anywhere.

I would recommend getting one. Mine has encouraged me to try some different perspectives for shots.


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Sep 19, 2011 11:00 |  #9

Thanks guys. Great stuff! :)

I think I'll stick with the smaller ones vs. the 3 step foldable ones.




  
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Sep 21, 2011 13:30 |  #10

I don't do weddings, but I've been very pleased with this 2-step Rubbermaid ladder:

http://www.amazon.com …F8&qid=13166294​72&sr=8-15 (external link)

It's quite strong and folds up very nicely and is light to carry. It doesn't have the support bar to lean up against like the Conair above, which is a nice feature on the taller ladders.


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Sep 21, 2011 13:31 as a reply to  @ Bearmann's post |  #11

I just sit on my wife's shoulders. She's 5'2" and I'm 6'2". She has strong legs. ;)


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Sep 21, 2011 14:39 |  #12

asysin2leads wrote in post #13139991 (external link)
I just sit on my wife's shoulders. She's 5'2" and I'm 6'2". She has strong legs. ;)

*LOL* Only in Ohio !!!


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Sep 21, 2011 15:15 |  #13

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*LOL* Only in Ohio !!!

And some parts of Kentucky, but we won't discuss those.;)


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Sep 21, 2011 15:43 |  #14

I take a two meter/6 foot high ladder to every wedding, it's invaluable. Mine's metal but if I found a plastic one that was sturdy enough sure i'd use it.


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Sep 21, 2011 18:04 |  #15

I used to use the above linked Rubbermaid ladder.

But it was such a PITA to bring it and carry it around. It was also super easy to forget it at venues. Now I just look for places and objects I can stand on.


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