Every project has its challenges and possibilities. It is wise to have at hand several options to decide at the moment to install a timelapse camera. Remember that the camera will be there for a period of time that can last from hours to months, therefore it must be firmly mount where you install.
There are in the market accessories like clamps and tripods of different kinds with allow us fix the camera in different places. It is important to remember that the camera must perfectly stay because every movement, even if its little, will be exaggerate noted in the timelapse.
Sometimes because the angle that you want or a matter of composition the camera must stay in their base. Te advantage that Brinno Camera has is the wide base that allows it to stay firm without there risk of movement. Besides the camera has a moving lens (up to 90 degrees) wich allows you to have a lower angle facing upwards.
Sidewalk with Construction Workers
When you put the camera on the floor you will reach an interesting effect, the people appears like giants. Don’t forget that we are stylising the reality not only with movement, but in this case also with perspective. In a case like this it’s important make the camera noticeable (maybe with a yellow tape) so the construction workers don´t step on it.
Cement on the Wall
Sometimes for some situation we don’t carry a tripod or simply don’t need an angle too low to put the camera on the floor. In this situations we can put the camera over an object that has the needed height.
From Brinno’s accessory line we can get their wall mount. It comes with screw and adhesive attachment options so you can mount it on almost every surface we need at low cost.
It is small and easy to adjust.
It’s hard to see the camera screen to adjust the frame unless the camera is facing to one side.
For me the monopod is the most practican solution when you have unplanned situations on the field. The Manfrotto monopod that I have has three little legs that you can use. They allows you to have basic stability without carry a heavy tripod. I use elastic straps that I got on a hardware store. With those y stitch together the tripod and a handrail, pole or a tree.
Manfrroto has an accessory called Super Clamp (035RL), if you add an swivel umbrella adapter (Manfrotto 2905) you can attach the camera to a pole or some piece smaller than two inches. Because it is specially designed to hold photographic and movie industry, it brings strong attach where you put allowing that stays firmly all the time you make the shooting.
(Manfrotto 196-2 – Two Sections, Articulated Arm with Bracket)
If you joint together a Super Clamp and Manfrotto Arm you can increase the possibilities to get that special angle that will get your timelapse as a visual yewel. I usually won’t use that kind of arm to hold a DLSR because the weight, but in the case of a Brinno camera you won’t have a problem because is so light.
At a begining of a proyect that will last several months, I face the security of those equipment. Some of the cameras were be installed on insecure places and I was afraid to be stolen mostly because the nice design of Brinno housing. The solution were to put that camera on a security camera housing those that we see every day on banks and buildings.
The idea behid that is that being hiding in a housing like that, the people thinks that the camera is transmitting live somwhere (maybe the police) and will record the face of the thief. I am not sure if it works because of that but none of that camera were stoled.
In a lower risk place, I recommend you to use Brinno Housing. It use a little space and easy to use when you change the batteries or SD card.
You have to be very carefully when use door door hinge because it will move a little when you change batteries.
When you use Brinno Camera in places exposed to rain or humidity, the best option is to put the Brinno camera to it specially designed housing. It closes perfectly so you won’t have problems of humidity inside the camera.
In the case showing here on the photo, the camera was on the top of a street lighting pole. I put it on a security camera arm so I can direct the camera where I want. The security of the camera was not an issue because the heigt of the pole. In fact, I needed a crane with a layette to get the camera, the street people can’t reach it.
The arm can be adjusted vertically and horizontally with screws so we can be shure it won’t move all the time the camera remains there.
Luis Roberto De León has been dedicated to industrial and commercial photography for more than 30 years, staying at the forefront with digital technologies.
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