Gearing up at the Maine Media Workshop
|Marshall Point Light|
Throughout the week David gently critiqued, both our
photographic technique, and our equipment. He kept coming up with recommendations about how I could up-grade my kit. Among other things, he suggested a new, sturdier tripod and ball
|David Middleton hard at work|
Simply stated an L-bracket looks like a roll cage added to the outside of your camera. It allows the camera to be quickly attached to a tripod in either the horizontal or vertical position and makes switching from one orientation to the other a very simple and fluid procedure.
|Walpole Town Hall Color, Landscape|
|L-Bracket Aligned & Stable|
The L-bracket also provides some protection to the camera. This is an unintended benefit and the bracket doesn't cover the entire body, but this "roll-cage" has saved me a few times from drop-related damage. Besides it looks cool.
buttons and connectors. Arc-Swiss is the most common connector and you must have a head which takes this system, but older tripods can usually be adapted for this connector. L-brackets are widely available. Mine came from Kirk photo, but really Right Stuff is also a reliable source. Depending on the camera they range in price from $125-nearly $200. It may seem like a lot of money for a piece of metal, but it is well worth the expense. This is something you will use on every shot, so don't skimp on the quality. I typically order my L-Bracket at the same time that I order a new camera.
|Bracket Custom Cut for Connectors|
If you don't have one already I would strongly suggest that you consider getting an L-Bracket for your camera. You will find it makes a simple but persistent improvement in your work.
Really Right Stuff has a nice video which demonstrates the use and benefits of L-brackets.