Capturing Critters with Macro Photography

Capturing Critters with Macro Photography

ZTH Photography captures reptile macro photography using a Platypod to hold his props and camera.

Photographing the New York Marathon

paralympicmedalistAmanda McGrory

We can’t think of anything more difficult than taking steady shots in a crowded area where traditional tripods are just impractical. Photographing the New York City Marathon must be one of the most difficult places to shoot due to there being so many onlookers. Photographer Harry Chefitz was documenting the 2016 New York City Marathon and was fortunate enough to capture US hero Amanda McGrory, three-time medalist in the 2016 Paralympic games.

Harry explains that he set up his Canon Rebel T1i on a Platypod Pro and had his assistant (14-year-old daughter) take images while he manned a hand held. In post-production he stitched together three images to make the above shot, allowing him to express the motion in a still image.

Harry says “It was easy to merge in Photoshop because the background was perfectly aligned in all the photos. I simple imported each photo as a layer and masked two of the photos to show only the athlete.”


Equipment Used:

Canon Rebel T1i

Canon Lens EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM

ProMediaGear PBX3 L-Bracket

Really Right Stuff Lever release clamp

Arca Swiss Monoball P-Series tripod head

Platypod Pro Tripod Base

Irit the Rice Artist


While traveling through Eilat and shopping for presents for their granddaughters, Larry (the CEO and inventor) and Mina (Larry’s wife and co-owner of Platypod Pro) happened upon this nice lady named Irit at the beach side bazaar. Decades ago she and her husband started up a personalized jewelry business where they write someone's name in nearly any language in fine print on a grain of rice. The rice is then inserted with other ornaments, such as tiny beads and flowers, into a capsule with fluid and sealed. The trinket is then used in bracelets and necklaces. Irit is very proud that they were the local originators of this art, however business has been hard lately since many have copied their trade. Loving her passion and story, Larry and Mina bought nine necklaces for their girls.

Larry became enamored with her work and just had to capture her art. Luckily he always carries Max in his backpack, so he can easily document his travels. Irit kindly cleared a few square inches of her crowded counter space for Max and Larry was able to get these macro shots quickly and easily.


Larry's photo settings in the two macro shots were 1/60 of a second at F9 .0, ISO 800. His equipment was a 90 mm Tamron SPF 2.8 DI macro lens on a Nikon D800 DSLR camera. For stability he used a Platypod Max tripod, a RRS BH-30 ball head, and a Suwayfoto L-Bracket.


Shooting Landscapes and Flowers at Duke Farms

Shooting Landscapes and Flowers at Duke Farms

Boy, Duke Farms has some beautiful flowers. As we walked around I couldn’t help but pull out my camera and start snapping. Jumping around and quickly taking handheld shots. But when I came to the river scene I knew I had to stop and pause.

A Ninja Photographer - Rich Harrington Talks Tripods in Dubai

Richard Harrington sent us this picture of his trip to Dubai

Richard Harrington sent us this picture of his trip to Dubai

"A while back we had a cool product on the Photofocus website. The folks over at Platypod made a small little portable plate that you could put a ball head on. Well actually Scott [Bourne], they have come back with a bigger version that they are going to be releasing for sale on June 1st. I have actually got a prototype in my hand, it’s called the Platypod Max and it is essentially a base plate that you attach your regular ball head to so you get all the stability off the top part of your tripod, you just bring your own ball head off your tripod, but now you can set this on the ground for low angles.

Levi Sim, one of our writers, has played with it and put it on trees, rocks, stumps, top of a sign, garbage can, doesn’t matter. I have used it in lots of places, I took it all around Dubai with me where a tripod would have gotten in trouble. I was in the bridge khalifa, there I am shooting a busy mall and I just found a ledge, set it down- no grief. I am up at the top, shooting through windows, shooting down- no grief. You bring a large full size tripod and everyone notices you. You have a small little base plate like this and no big deal.

So we will have a link and a review on the Photofocus website here so you can take a look at that and hear some creative stories of how to use it. But the Platypod Max is another solution that I like and I just keep it in my camera bag because it weighs about half a pound, it is a thin metal plate that is easy to attach to a ball head. So I always believe in bringing all three of those, I like my tripod, I will take my monopod for when I need to compromise, and I will bring a plate so I will always have stability. I do a lot of of things like time lapse and HDR and having that stable platform is a must for my type of photography." Richard Harrington of Photofocus

The above is transcribed from The Q & A Show by Photofocus. Listen to it below:

Shooting Portraits of Whimsy and the Welder

Shooting Portraits of Whimsy and the Welder

When Darren Elias shot a glass and metal studio he knew he needed stability. Armed with a Platypod and his traditional tripod, he was able to quickly and easily move around in the tight studio.

Three uses for a Platypod Pro

Three uses for a Platypod Pro

There are certain times where you need a stable camera but a tripod just isn’t right for the job. Like for low angle shots, odd perched positions, or on a hike when you want a light camera bag. Here are a few ways our customers use the Platypod Pro.

Giottos Mini Ball Head Review

Giottos Mini Ball Head Review

The Giottos MH 1004-320 Mini Ball Head is our favorite mini ball head because of its size and reliability.