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Need to shoot from above. Suggestions pls

 
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Jan 28, 2016 20:53 |  #1

I seem to be struggling to find what I need. I assume because I am using the wrong search term.

I want to do a load of shots from above. I need to do multiple shots without moving the camera so standing on a ladder isn't an option. I assume a tripod mounted boom of some sort will do the trick (some are shots of a table, some of a bed) but it will will need to be quite long (5 feet?). All the booms I can find are either very short or quite thin - i'm concerned they won't take the weight. Can anyone point me towards a product/brand that will do what I need?


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Jan 28, 2016 21:08 |  #2

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I seem to be struggling to find what I need. I assume because I am using the wrong search term.

I want to do a load of shots from above. I need to do multiple shots without moving the camera so standing on a ladder isn't an option. I assume a tripod mounted boom of some sort will do the trick (some are shots of a table, some of a bed) but it will will need to be quite long (5 feet?). All the booms I can find are either very short or quite thin - i'm concerned they won't take the weight. Can anyone point me towards a product/brand that will do what I need?

Heya,

Cheetah Boom Stand (holds my 6lb rovelight laterally off center, it will handle a camera and lens; extends very tall if needed) with counter weight (comes with it) perhaps, and use an adapter that seats a platform on the end of the lightstand stud, so you can put a light ballhead on there.

Otherwise, you could use a "back drop" type system to suspend anything high above something, using a clamp to stud adapter and a ballhead.

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Jan 28, 2016 22:28 |  #3

Dan Marchant wrote in post #17877013 (external link)
...(some are shots of a table, some of a bed) but it will will need to be quite long (5 feet?).

How high will you need to go? Maybe some sort of painters scaffold?


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Jan 28, 2016 23:28 |  #4

Dan Marchant wrote in post #17877013 (external link)
I seem to be struggling to find what I need. I assume because I am using the wrong search term.

Search for Camera Cranes and Jibs. That is what you are looking for.

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Jan 29, 2016 01:34 |  #5

or you can search for 'mast' here's one...kinda expensive:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_carbon_fiber_c​amera.html (external link)

or you can DIY it like this guy:
https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=58E6RpLvA6o (external link)


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Jan 29, 2016 06:16 |  #6

Thanks guys, will check those out.


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Jan 29, 2016 06:17 |  #7

are you saying shoot straight down?

how much space do you need around the base? is that the 5' number?


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Jan 29, 2016 09:33 |  #8

Also expensive but check out Gitzo's giant tripods. Years ago I had a Gitzo G1548GT 5 series systematic tripod. I am 6'2" and could walk underneath it. Without a center column it was probably around 8' tall. Coupled with a rapid center column (also available extra long) and a head, your camera can shoot at roughly ten foot heights.

Their current model numbers are GT5562GTS and extend to 9' without center column. Usually mentioning Gitzo will unleash a torrent of 'too expensive' responses but I have had good luck buying them used and returning them to the wild when I am done at little to no loss.

Also check out surveying gear. Land surveyors tend to use very large (and steady) tripods. Some not too expensive but tend to be heavy and bulky.


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Jan 29, 2016 17:58 |  #9

Before we built our "XYZ Table" (below), we used a heavy-duty light stand with a boom, counterweighted with an elevator weight, for our remote capture vertical images. In our case, we moved the subject material under the camera to collect high-resolution small-area images we stitched with Photoshop (or latterly Autopano Giga), so the bed on the XYZ table moves on rollers; the earlier rig used a sheet of MDF on movers' dollies (so precise control of the motion was much more difficult).


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Jan 30, 2016 09:29 |  #10

Will it be a permanent solution?

If not any heavy duty light boom will do the trick.

I have a permanent solution for smaller products, using a wall boom.


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