|Project by Maclegno||posted 1426 days ago||3175 views||26 times favorited||21 comments|
When I joinrd FLICKR some months ago, and since joining Lumberjock I have become more aware of the inadequacy of my Photography. I decided, therefore, to take it more seriously, especially with regard to photographing my woodwork which is my main interest.
One problem is how to hold the camera in any fixed position:
- for long exposures
- to avoid camera shake
- to enable repeated shots with varied camera settings
I looked around for something suitable. I wanted something like the robot arms seen in videos of car manufacture for example, but could find only the usual tripods which I find wanting as they are not flexible in use. Therefor I designed the “Macpod”. (apologies to Apple Computers and Macdonalds)
I made most of this with 3cm X 1cm walnut and Mahogany stock from the local DIY store since at the moment I don’t have a thicknesser.
Arrange and glue some pieces to form a roughly circular shape about 7” diameter, leaving two spaces 3cm long for the uprights later
Hollow out the waste side
Hammer some nails at odd angles into it (to hold the cement ballast later). Laminate some veneer round it.
Fill the base with quick drying cement
Cut all the stock to length, round ends and bore holes for bolts There are also spacers of 1cm square walnut not shown here.
I used 8mm hardware, a bit bigger than 1/4” I recommend great care at this stage (e.g. use jigs)
Check rounding and holes alignment Glue in walnut spacers as shown
Detail of joint
Completed Macpod, the camera holder I cut off an old mini-tripod and apoxy-resined it in a hole I cut in the small piece. With this and the flexible arms, the camara can be pointed in ANY direction
This is the setup in my studio for photography with a black sheet on a roller hanging down over my workbench forming a horizon free backcloth
-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy