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My (Un)Typical Review Of The Platypod Max
I have loved Platypod from the very beginning. In fact, up until recently, it was my only tripod of sorts....
Photographing a Dangerous and Extreme Force of Nature, Wildfires!
Nature is extraordinarily complex and beautiful, it is easy to forget in our modern world just how powerful its forces...
Get Ready to Remote, Part 2: Advanced Camera Traps
There are places that can be too difficult to stay with a camera and shoot, there are events that are...
Get Ready to Remote, Part 1: Simple Camera Traps For Wildlife
Go out into the great outdoors. Find a place that animals like to hang out when people aren’t around. Set...
InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast May 26, 2017
The Photofocus InFocus Interview Show for May 26, 2017. I’m your host, Vanelli. On today's show, Levi Sim interviews travel...
Platypod Ultra – The Best Alternative to a Tripod
Let’s get a few things out of the way before I get to the review. I’ve bought five Platypod Pros and...
Photofocus Products of the Year – Levi Sim
Editor’s Note: It’s time for something new. In the past, Photofocus has made it a practice of acknowledging a specific...
Don’t Bring a Wide-Angle Lens, Just Make Panos
Making pictures on a photowalk or hike should be enjoyable and relatively stress-free. One way to reduce your stress is...
How to Compensate for a Lightweight Tripod
Maybe you're on a trip and you only brought a lightweight tripod, or maybe you were seduced into buying that...
Platypod Pro Max – Hiding a Big Light in a Small Space
The Platypod Pro Max is very versatile. Attaching a ballhead and camera makes it as rock solid as a tripod...
Get a Grip with Platypod Pro Max
Whenever I see a new piece of photo gear, one of the first things I ask myself is "what else...
Photofocus – The InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast June 21st, 2016
This weeks show we here from Levi Sim who gets a chance to sit down with Mark Toal. Levi and...

My (Un)Typical Review Of The Platypod Max

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

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Photographing a Dangerous and Extreme Force of Nature, Wildfires!

Nature is extraordinarily complex and beautiful, it is easy to forget in our modern world just how powerful its forces are.  But, being a nature photographer presents constant, humbling reminders of this fact! A large part of what drives me is wanting to experience every facet of nature, then create and share images of these forces at work.  In doing so I am often going into potentially dangerous situations for me and my gear.  

In my part of the world, wildfires are a necessity to the health of our ecosystems. But, they are, to put it bluntly, scary as @#$%!  Dangerous, fast, and unpredictable, shooting them requires gear and techniques that let you react quickly to the situation to keep yourself out of harm’s way, and out-of-the-way of the responder’s managing the scene.  Here is how I capture images and video of one of nature’s most beautifully dangerous forces, wildfire.

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Get Ready to Remote, Part 2: Advanced Camera Traps

There are places that can be too difficult to stay with a camera and shoot, there are events that are too dangerous to be around when they occur, and there are animals that are too shy of humans to ever get near to photograph. This is when photographers turn to using Photo or Camera Traps, a way to capture these types of images or video from a distance by remote control.  

In part 1 of this series, I covered the fundamentals of creating a simple remote camera trap. Now that you have that skill in your proverbial photography toolbox, let’s talk about more advanced setups and how to use the Platypod to support multi-light nighttime photo traps and remote video capture.

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Get Ready to Remote, Part 1: Simple Camera Traps For Wildlife

Go out into the great outdoors. Find a place that animals like to hang out when people aren’t around. Set up your camera to automatically a photo of them when they do show up. Leave it there. Come back tomorrow and see if you got any shots. Repeat it all over again until you get the shots you need. Welcome to Remote Camera Traps!

In previous articles I’ve shared the different ways I’ve used Platypods in my photography. Possibly one of the best uses I have found is in helping set up a successful remote camera trap. The Platypod adds flexibility to the placement of your camera and lighting equipment that can make your trapping endeavors much more likely to pay off with great images.

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Photofocus Products of the Year – Levi Sim

Editor’s Note: It’s time for something new. In the past, Photofocus has made it a practice of acknowledging a specific camera and/or lens as the “camera/lens” of the year. This year several of us are putting together a list including

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How to Compensate for a Lightweight Tripod

Maybe you’re on a trip and you only brought a lightweight tripod, or maybe you were seduced into buying that cheap tripod that came in a package with your camera. Either way, you’ll find that using a lightweight tripod often

Read More

Get a Grip with Platypod Pro Max

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

Read More

Get Ready to Remote, Part 1: Simple Camera Traps For Wildlife

Go out into the great outdoors. Find a place that animals like to hang out when people aren’t around. Set up your camera to automatically a photo of them when they do show up. Leave it there. Come back tomorrow and see if you got any shots. Repeat it all over again until you get the shots you need. Welcome to Remote Camera Traps!

In previous articles I’ve shared the different ways I’ve used Platypods in my photography. Possibly one of the best uses I have found is in helping set up a successful remote camera trap. The Platypod adds flexibility to the placement of your camera and lighting equipment that can make your trapping endeavors much more likely to pay off with great images.

Read More

Photofocus Products of the Year – Levi Sim

Editor’s Note: It’s time for something new. In the past, Photofocus has made it a practice of acknowledging a specific camera and/or lens as the “camera/lens” of the year. This year several of us are putting together a list including

Read More

How to Compensate for a Lightweight Tripod

Maybe you’re on a trip and you only brought a lightweight tripod, or maybe you were seduced into buying that cheap tripod that came in a package with your camera. Either way, you’ll find that using a lightweight tripod often

Read More

Get a Grip with Platypod Pro Max

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

Read More

Field Review: The 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

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