I have loved Platypod from the very beginning. In fact, up until recently, it was my only tripod of sorts. I couldn’t even afford a tripod so I used my Platypod everywhere. I honestly didn’t need anything else. I was excited to use the Platypod Max on a TV show I was invited to be on to discuss my expertise in shooting night sky photos. What better way to showcase one of my already favorite tools on an international level? The day before shooting we were scouting locations and I didn’t bother taking any BTS as the BTS I wanted would include … [Read more...] about My (Un)Typical Review Of The Platypod Max
You know we love Platypod, and right now is the best time to buy one and try it for yourself. The Black Friday deal is a free Multi Accessory Kit, which I use every time I go out shooting. It’s good for a few days, but hurry and order for quick delivery. You’re going to love it. I love the 36” strap—it’s perfect for most applications like strapping to a tree or telephone pole or bridge railing. The spigot adapter is great for using a light on the Platypod. I use the silicone pad to keep Platypod in place on delicate surfaces (and I use … [Read more...] about Remember the Platypod!
By now people have realized the Platypod Max is a very "on the go" versatile tool. Attaching a ball head and camera makes it as rock solid as a tripod. But did you know, it's just as great in the studio? I've shown in a previous post how to attach an Avenger 5/8-Inch Stud so you can mount a large studio light and hide it in a small space behind your subject without getting it in the shot. This time I used the 3" spigot adapter from Platypod's Multi Accessory kit to attach the light to the Platypod; it's a standard lighting tool size and works … [Read more...] about Studio Tip: Use a Platypod to Hang a Hair Light
I like to travel light. I have a mirrorless camera, the Fuji X-T2, and very small prime lenses. My preference is to keep the camera strap around my shoulder and to put an extra lens and some batteries in my purse or fanny-pack as I leave my hotel for a day of sightseeing. When the need arises, depending on what I plan to photograph, I will carry a tripod and possibly a backpack filled with camera gear. When I carry a backpack I think about ways to lessen the load. On The Road Like many of you, I have read the Platypod Reviews on Photofocus. … [Read more...] about The Traveling Photographer: Platypod, An Essential Tool
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a photo I selected for Photographer of the Day. It was of a skateboarder at a skate park, doing some tricks. Needless to say, I was inspired. I really had never tried to capture skateboarding in action, but I knew that with a few extra tools, I could do so in a unique and different way. Enter the Platypod Max and MagMod system. I had recently purchased a complete MagMod set, and was really excited to try out some of the less-traditional tools for lighting a scene. I talked to a local photographer friend, … [Read more...] about Skating The Ramps With Platypod Max And MagMod
I found a location that is quite picturesque. A wooden bridge over a creek featuring a waterfall was a very busy entrance into a subdivision. There wasn't room to safely use a tripod. I came up with two solutions. Both thanks to the new Playtpod Ultra. Tree, meet Platypod Ultra I found a tree next to the bridge. It was sturdy. One of its lower branches was thick and solid. I attached the Platypod Ultra to the tree with the strap that comes with it. The Ultra has a 3/8" bolt welded so it becomes one with the base plate. Two notches, one on … [Read more...] about Strap On a Platypod Ultra
As I was relaxing, enjoying a nice meal with a friend, out of the blue he asked: “Would you really buy a Platypod?” Nipping any chances of a debate, I gave him five examples of times when I needed my Platypod but didn’t have it with me. Here’s why I answered “Yes!” What Is a Platypod? A Platypod is a versatile and compact base ideal for supporting cameras to capture below-angle shots and for situations where traditional tripods are cumbersome or impractical. It's also a great tool for studio use. You can use it to hang a hair light or hide a … [Read more...] about Would You Really Buy A Platypod?
Editor's Note: Vanelli has used a pre-production model of the Platypod Ultra that we were sent for test shooting. The units are on Kickstarter now, but only until Sunday, July 25, 2017. Consider ordering one if you want to get the product first. Tripods are a great tool to steady a shot and keep the subject in focus. Sometimes their size prevents them from being placed in the exact position you need to capture a shot. This is where a Platypod fits in. Here’s how I used the new Platypod Ultra to keep the camera low to capture … [Read more...] about How I Got the Shot: Great Reflections with Platypod Ultra
Spring is a busy time for wildlife photographers, chock full of photo opportunities. I'm lucky to live in an area that is on a major migratory flyway for birds and butterflies, as well as a year-round home to loads of other feathered, furry, and scaly friends. In the few short weeks I have had my Platypod Ultra, I've put it through a workout on a variety of my many spring nature photo ops. These are some of the ways in which I am using it, along with tips and techniques for you to do your own set ups. Wildlife in the Woods Recently, I had … [Read more...] about Wildlife Photography and Video with the Platypod Ultra
I've become a fan of Platypod Ultra. It's got all the best features of the original Pro and the larger Max, and it fits in my back pocket. It goes everywhere I go from road trips to long hikes. I use it in airports, cities, and other places tripods just aren't safe to use. Let me show you some of the ways I've been employing Ultra in my photography and you'll see that you should have one, too. Group Portraits This is an easy way to use Ultra, and since it's small and light you can have a solid platform for your camera with you all the time. … [Read more...] about Shoot Anywhere With Platypod Ultra
Dan Bailey and Karen Hutton, Fujifilm X Team Photographers, jumping for joy in Florida Fuji XT 2, 10-24mm f 4 lens, ISO 800, f 4, 1/8000, Fuji X 500 flash on High Speed Sync. Platypod has just introduced a new model of their awesome camera support system, the Platypod Ultra. I recently had the opportunity to try it out while I was in Florida. Three “X” Team photographers; Dan Bailey, Karen Hutton, and I, were invited to the Fuji sales meeting to give some inspirational presentations and hands-on-seminars to the sales team. All the Fuji … [Read more...] about The Platypod Party: Embracing Low-Angle Photography
Let’s get a few things out of the way before I get to the review. I’ve bought five Platypod Pros and three Platypod Max units for myself in the past. I’ve stashed a Platypod in every camera bag and even my car’s glovebox. I’ve loved the original Platypod Pro (review) and the Platypod Max (review). I can call the inventor and offer feedback. I appear on the Kickstarter page and offer a testimonial because I believe in the products so much. What is It? The Platypod Ultra is a tripod alternative. It combines with virtually … [Read more...] about Platypod Ultra – The Best Alternative to a Tripod
Given the opportunity to test out the new Platypod Ultra, I started with the same question I ask with all new gear, "Do I really need this?" After all, my camera bag is already large enough to qualify for its own zip code. Is this going to join the pile of photographic stuff I don’t often use? Or, will it become an indispensable part of my photographic armory. I admit, at first glance, my reaction was "What is it? Some type of fancy bottle opener?" This was quickly replaced with the realization, “I can use this to put cameras and flashes … [Read more...] about Using the Platypod Ultra from a Car, “The Sling Mount”
What is a Platypod? A Platypod is a versatile compact designed base ideal for supporting cameras to capture below-angle shots and for situations where traditional tripods are cumbersome or impractical. Mounting your Camera This video shows how to replace your tripod by mounting your camera to a Platypod with a Ball Head. This gives you a solid base allowing you to place your camera in places that are impractical for tripods. Use the included spikes to level the base on uneven surfaces. https://youtu.be/C7JV3jZC0ew … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Use a Platypod as a Tripod
The Platypod Pro Max is very versatile. Attaching a ballhead and camera makes it as rock solid as a tripod with the advantage of being able to place it almost anywhere. By attaching an Avenger 5/8-Inch Stud, you can mount a large studio light and hide it in a small space behind your subject without getting it in the shot. This gives a photographer freedom to shoot from different angles without having to use the subject to hide a light stand. Here’s how to hide a big light in a small space using the Platypod Pro Max. Attaching a strobe to a … [Read more...] about Platypod Pro Max – Hiding a Big Light in a Small Space
Whenever I see a new piece of photo gear, one of the first things I ask myself is "what else can it do?" You'll find great reviews of Platypod Pro Max by my fellow Photofocus authors extolling it's virtues as a camera platform - and while it certainly excels at that - I'm more interested in what else it can do. Its large flat surface and 3/8-16 thread made me immediately think it could also be perfect as a lighting platform whenever I wanted to place a kicker light close to the ground. I've improvised many times in the past, using everything … [Read more...] about Get a Grip with Platypod Pro Max
Oh Platypod, I’m not going to lie. I love my platypods. I received their original version last year and it quickly replaced using a tripod 90% of the time. Yes, 90%. I still needed a tripod if I wanted my camera up higher or using heaver lenses and extra gear. Welcome Platypod Pro Max When Platypod announced they were making a bigger version of the original called the Platypod Pro Max I was over the moon with getting one into my hands. The biggest reason is I do a lot of night sky and time-lapse photos in which I like using my Atomos Ninja … [Read more...] about Field Review: The Platypod Pro Max
I hike every week with my family, and I travel by air and shoot in other cities every month. You and I both know that using a tripod unlocks picture opportunities that just can't be made without one. I can use it for super long exposures to blur the sea and clouds, or reduce traffic to trails of light down the road, and make waterfalls that pour smoothly into eternity. However, carrying a tripod can be wearisome. Just thinking about carrying it on a seven-mile hike makes my shoulders and legs hurt. I know I need a tripod, and I know my … [Read more...] about Looking for a Hiking Tripod? Platypod Max is It
Sure, most of us know that we’re supposed to use a tripod when making great photos. A stable camera means sharper photos and the ability to shoot in lower lighting levels without camera shake. Why Use a Tripod In my own photography, I often find that stability is essential. Of course it’s a must in my timelapse and video work, but it also comes in handy when shooting in lowlight. I also love long exposure photography, to drag the shutter and slow down motion. I also use HDR for my black and white as well as product photography, so … [Read more...] about Platypod Pro Max – How to Make Any Camera Rock Solid (Without a Tripod)
New York City is probably my favorite place in the world. I grew up outside the city in a small town in Connecticut, and love taking the train into New York to enjoy the hustle-and-bustle sights and sounds of a city that never sleeps. Recently, I met a friend of mine in New York City to walk around and make a stop to my new favorite restaurant in Little Italy. Hes not as into photography as I am so I opted for a smaller camera bag with less gear. I only took one body, one lens, a cell phone tripod, and 2 Platypod Pro portable tripods. … [Read more...] about Walking around New York City with the Platypod Pro
This week we catch up with a lot of great folks. Our main interviews are with Lisa Robinson and Bert Monroy who will both share techniques and inspiration. We're honored to have Scott Bourne back on the show as a co-host this week and we even catch up with the creator of the Platypod Pro. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Lisa Robinson Lisa Robinson is a professional wedding photographer from Washington, DC. She also shoot boudoir photography for her clients. She's been a small business … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast September 15, 2015 — Lisa Robinson, Scott Bourne, Platypod Pro, and Bert Monroy
A job found me creating a timelapse of the installation of the flooring in a new home. Timelapses are usually quite easy. Set up a tripod, mount the camera then turn it on. Once the project is finished, turn the camera off then download the card. This one wasn't as easy. When flooring has to be installed theres no place to put a tripod. (Said Captain Obvious.) The solution was a bit unorthodox, yet simple thanks to a new product: the Platypod Pro. The Platypod Pro Plate The Platypod Pro is a mounting bracket, tripod, ball head holder, … [Read more...] about Platypod Pro + GoPro = Timelapse from Above
The Weekly Wrap-Up features articles from the last 7 days of Photofocus. This time, Michèle Grenier continues her mirrorless quest with "The Final Round", Julie Powell explores lighting for still lifes, Erin Holmstead chronicles her journey in becoming an artist, Marie Tartar takes us to the birthing waters of Humpback whales and Mike Hagen compares the Decade mini tripod base to the venerable Platypod. All in all, it was a great week of information and inspiration here on Photofocus! … [Read more...] about Weekly Wrap-Up: April 21-28, 2019
Cyber Monday is officially here, and what once was Black Friday's little cousin has blossomed into a shopping extravaganza all of its own. Below are some of our favorite deals. Hurry, these deals won't last long! To check out more Cyber Monday savings, visit our friends at B&H. Keep track of all of our favorite products and deals in our Holiday Gift Guide! Photofocus Exclusive: Perfectly Clear flash sale For four hours only, get Perfectly Clear Complete for just $69. And if you want to get an even better deal, you can get the … [Read more...] about Great Cyber Monday deals for photographers
Now that my Lume Cube Photographer's Pack was unboxed, it was time for me to go in the field and give it a try! I got out from my comfort zone as I wanted to force myself to work in a different way than I was used to. What did I end up photographing and how did I like working with my new lighting system? Inspiration First, I needed to get some inspiration. As I really wanted to give all the attention to the Lume Cubes, I thought it could be a really cool idea to take the pictures in the dark. Then, I had to find a place I could make those … [Read more...] about Creative lighting with Lume Cubes
Cyber Monday Specials from B&H. Click here for the deals! With Black Friday and Cyber Monday only days away, we wanted to compile some of our favorite gifts that you can buy your favorite photographer (or send to friends and family to buy you!). Below are a few gift ideas that are under $100. Keep track of all of our favorite products in our Holiday Gift Guide! Platypod Max Camera Support Recommended by Michèle Grenier Whether you have to deal with an anti-tripod or a pro-tripod photographer, you can't go wrong with this one. It … [Read more...] about 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts under $100
Cyber Monday Specials from B&H. Click here for the deals! With Black Friday and Cyber Monday only days away, we wanted to compile some of our favorite gifts that you can buy your favorite photographer (or send to friends and family to buy you!). Below are a few gift ideas that are under $50. Keep track of all of our favorite products in our Holiday Gift Guide! Zeiss Lens Cleaning Kit Recommended by Michèle Grenier Looking for a one size fits all gift idea? Ask any photographer and they'll tell you that we can't escape lens … [Read more...] about 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts under $50
Making time-lapse videos is fun. They exaggerate the passing of time and reveal a whole different view of the world. I carry my Platypod Ultra everywhere so I'm always ready to set my camera to time-lapse mode and record traffic or clouds or airport work or a wildfire. I was making one the other day while awaiting my flight home from PhotoPlus Expo. And making them is simple, too. Many cameras — and even smartphones — have settings for creating a time-lapse. Look for it under interval shooting in your camera's menu. Then set the exposure … [Read more...] about How could I forget the first rule of making a time-lapse?
Only a few hours left! We hope you can join us tonight, Oct. 26, for a New York City photowalk! We’ll start in Times Square, help each other make great pictures and have a fun time in the Big Apple. We’ll begin in Times Square and venture upon some of the iconic places within walking distance. We’ll have trial units and prizes from our friends at Lume Cube to help us make pictures like never before. We’ll use these to photograph buildings, people — even cops — as we walk around. Several of our Photofocus authors and publisher, Richard … [Read more...] about Join us tonight to explore New York City!
We hope you can join us tonight, Oct. 26, for a New York City photowalk! We'll start in Times Square, help each other make great pictures and have a fun time in the Big Apple. We'll begin in Times Square and venture upon some of the iconic places within walking distance. We'll have trial units and prizes from our friends at Lume Cube to help us make pictures like never before. We'll use these to photograph buildings, people — even cops — as we walk around. Several of our Photofocus authors and publisher, Richard Harrington, will be there. We … [Read more...] about Tonight’s the night — join us for a NYC photowalk!