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George Corbin

Tripod configurations for macro shots

What tripod configuration are people finding works best to stabilize macro shots of mobile subjects? In particular, I'm shooting macros of insects in the wild. Standard tripod set-up seems untenable (I'd have to set it up in the bushes, scaring off my subjects). I assume some kind of horizontal bar set up so the camera can be surreptitiously slid up to the subject from outside the bush? Open to (cost-effective) suggestions!

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9/8/2002 12:33:26 PM

Cathy Barrows
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2003
  Perhaps a swing arm attached to your tripod would work. I don't totally understand your circumstances, but it might work for you.

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3/23/2004 10:08:44 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Try extending the legs to the height needed, but leaving them together...(like a monopod).

Anchor the feet of the 'pod at the base of the bush and lean in toward the subject. It helps to pre-focus the lens since the forward/backward motions of the camera can help to zero in on critical focus once you get there.

This method only stablizes the vertical motion of the camera. With practice, the side to side and front to back swaying associated with this type of support can be better controlled.
Until then,...It's wise to take several shots to get at least one "keeper"

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3/24/2004 4:54:32 AM

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