Overhead recipe videos are so hot right now, but shooting them can be challenging. This setup is perfect for shooting products, food, or even an unboxing (they're still a thing, right?).
Caleb Pike from DSLRVideoShooter has a real talent for creating sturdy rigs and setups in his studio. This time, he's using the Westcott Flex that Fstoppers reviewed earlier to create a lightweight overhead setup. Having shot overhead before, I've normally used my trusty Manfrotto 190, which allows me to take the center column to a 90-degree angle.
However, this setup looks far more stable, albeit with a lot more time to set up. Still, if you find yourself always shooting your tabletop, it could be a particularly handy rig that takes your mind off things. My favorite part is the adjustable height.
Here are the links to everything you'll need:
- A 12" baby plate
- Grip head
- Light stand/extension arm
- The camera platform
- Monitor arms with clamps
- A ball head
- A Flex LED light
- Optional: Rode microphone