IN THE FIELD – TIPS FOR USING AN L-BRACKET
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.