IN THE FIELD – TIPS FOR US­ING AN L-BRACKET

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CHARGE YOUR BAT­TER­IES An L-bracket of­ten ob­structs the bat­tery com­part­ment of a DSLR – keep fully charged bat­ter­ies in­serted to save you time dis­as­sem­bling the setup dur­ing your shoot.

SE­CURE THE CAM­ERA Most brack­ets come with a mov­able plate that sits against the cam­era for sta­bil­ity, max­imis­ing com­pat­i­bil­ity with cam­eras of dif­fer­ing sizes. En­sure this is tight with­out ex­ert­ing un­nec­es­sary force.

USE A HOTSHOE SHUT­TER RE­LEASE Once a bracket is fixed, it may be dif­fi­cult to ac­cess ca­ble re­lease ports – use a wire­less trig­ger in­stead to cir­cum­vent this prob­lem.

AD­JUST THE CAM­ERA PO­SI­TION Slide the bracket plates in their tracks to po­si­tion the cam­era in the cen­tre of the bracket for bal­ance. Tighten these on both axes of the bracket so that the cam­era doesn’t move when ro­tated.

SET UP THE TRI­POD FIRST It is ad­vis­able to set up the legs first, en­sur­ing they are level, then af­fix the bracket-mounted cam­era. Since the setup is top-heavy, this re­duces dan­ger of break­age if the tri­pod head is not se­cured.

LEAVE THE TRI­POD HEAD FIXED Take ad­van­tage of your bracket and don’t move the head once it’s level (ex­clud­ing pivot func­tions). Ad­just the legs if you need to re-level your cam­era.

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