How often have you been out somewhere, perhaps attending an illegal street drag race or just hanging around outside on a beautiful night, and you didn’t have your tripod with you, but you wished you had? Or that you owned a tripod in the first place?
How often have you wondered when that rich uncle of yours is finally going to pass away so that you could inherit some cash to buy one?
Or how often have you wondered why you don’t have a rich uncle, and if you do have one, why he’s such a stingy so and so?
One of the most important aspects of photography is the ability to keep your camera stable.
More stability = better photos.
Speak to the photography pros and they’ll tell you that slow shutter speed photography requires your camera to be absolutely still.
But it’s not just long exposure shots that require your camera to be deathly still. If you’d like your photos to come out more crisp (less blur), you’ll need to stabilise your camera as much as possible.
In order to gain a high level of stability, a number of tools can be employed.
Some cameras even come with remotes, so you don’t have to touch a button for the perfect shot.
But the most important tool for keeping your camera stable is the tripod, a staple of photography.
Without the tripod, those superb long exposure shots featuring stripey stars or highways lit up with colourful lines simply won’t be possible.
But the tripod is a bulky thing; a bit of a schlep to carry.
It was about time someone came up with a viable alternative that fits inside your pocket.
And so, someone did. They knew I was going to write this post and designed a sweet tool just for that reason.
I’m not fond of the name of this product. But a bad name is forgivable if the product is amazing.
And this one is.
It’s not a tripod, but it fulfils the role of a tripod so well that it should become a must have photography tool.
It’s called the Mini Plaster Hand, by Mini Orenji.
Makes me think of a broken wrist, which then makes my mind wander back to the time when I broke my foot by dropping a 100 kg steel casting on it when I was still an apprentice toolmaker.
Which makes me think that my foot was anything but mini after that accident. More like, Maxi Plaster Foot.
But once again, I digress.
What the Mini Plaster Hand’s name lacks in grace, it more than makes up for in functionality.
Let’s take a closer look at why the Mini Plaster Hand is such an amazing product.