For awhile I’ve worked with large tripods, usually for lights when I’m taking portraits or indeed when I’m recording self tapes. With the latter, I’ve been running into difficulty because I haven’t been able to tilt the camera (cue me shoving books underneath the back leg to give me some kind of flattering angle!). But now? All that faff is over thanks to my most recently purchase, Joby‘s original GorillaPod!
I am so delighted with it – I’ve not got to really test it in a self-tape situation just yet, but I’m sure I will soon – thankfully self tapes are often cropping up these days!
To attach my camera, the top insert of the tripod slides out of place when you hold down the logo button at the side. You twist it securely onto your camera, and then just slide the whole lot back onto the legs. A super easy process and a much better way than what I’ve been having to do to get my camera affixed to those larger tripods (I’ve been close to dropping it so many times it gives me palpitations just thinking about it!)
The legs – the legs are where this little gizmo really shines – they’re wonderfully bendy and can hook around pretty much anything so that you can film/photograph whatever you want without having to hold onto the set up. The absolute business for those of you who brave travelling alone and want to get that perfect shot infront of a famous landmark but are equally shy and don’t want to ask strangers for assistance!
It is pretty brilliant to say the least. This is the company’s original tripod, so it’s super tiny. So handy to pack, it hardly takes up any space at all! I’m pretty sure – if all goes as well as I imagine – I’ll be graduating to a larger one in the not too distant future, but baby steps!
Do you have a GorillaPod tripod? Let me know in the comments section below what you think of it!