5 Photography Gear Hacks to Increase Efficiency and Creativity

Posted by: on Apr 04, 2018

5 Photography Gear Hacks to Increase Efficiency and Creativity

Mount Your External Hard Drive to a Laptop for Editing

There’s rarely a safe place for photographers to put a portable external hard drive when using their laptop. Of course, if you’re using a Tether Table Aero, you can simply use an Aero XDC and securely store your external hard drive underneath the table. With just a couple pieces of gear from Tether Tools, you can create a slick mounting solution for securing your external hard drive to the back of your laptop. First attach a RapidStrip to the back of the Rock Solid LoPro Phone Mount than press firmly to the back of your laptop. Secure the external hard drive in the mount, then connect the external hard drive to your laptop with a one foot TetherPro USB cable. It’s that easy. You can remove the external hard drive from the Rock Solid LoPro Phone Mount as frequently as needed, and the LoPro Phone Mount will stay securely attached to the laptop lid for the next time you get your external hard drive out.  Keep in mind that the LoPro Phone Mount won’t now be a permanent fixture on your laptop, you can remove and the RapidStrips won’t leave any sticky residue behind.

Wirelessly Tethering and Triggering a Remote, Mounted Camera

In the below video from photographers Daniel Norton and Seth Miranda, the camera is mounted in a place where a photographer could not possibly stand without being in the shot, and because it is tethered wirelessly using the Case Air they are able to use LiveView to see an image preview and move the model into the ideal position, as well as adjust camera settings on the fly such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. The camera is secured to a Rock Solid Camera Platform and attached to a Rock Solid Master Articulating Arm, and the arm is mounted to a hanging pipe above using the Rock Solid Master Clamp. “The Case Air made us more aware of our own environment instead of being stuck inside our camera. So, we were actually participating as well as observing. We got shots that we wouldn’t have gotten any other way.” – Seth Miranda

Using the Look Lock System to Keep a Child’s Attention for Portrait Photography

Children have a short attention span so photographers are always looking for creative ways to grab their attention. Sometimes a few quick looks directed into the camera are what’s needed. If you’ve photographed young children, you already know it can be a difficult task. Using the Look Lock with your smartphone and playing an entertaining mobile app or video helps gain a child’s attention regardless of the environment. It’s a very handy tool. As an alternative, you can also use the Look Lock as a second camera to capture video during your shoot.  

Mount a Camera on C-stands with Rock Solid Baby Ballhead Adapter for a Super-High Perspective

Need to get a high shot? A very cost effective and quick way to do it is using the setup below. This photographer was capturing an outdoor morning yoga session, and attached a Rock Solid Baby Ballhead Adapter to a C-stand, then added their camera ballhead. Using a wireless trigger they were able to remotely trigger the camera and achieve a unique angle to the shot.  

The Jack-of-All Trades: Using a Master Clamp to Mount Lights, Tether Tables, and More

In order to get the shot photographers need to be master riggers of equipment and be able to place lights and cameras in awkward, tight places. In this short demo from RGG EDU, master photographer Rob Grimm shows us several different ways to use the Rock Solid Master Clamp, one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in every photographer’s kit. Rob demonstrates using Master Clamp with J-Hooks to quickly hang backdrops, attaching a studio light to a pole, attaching an Aero Table for a quick and easy portable workstation and more. Watch the video now below!