Whether you shoot portraits, still life, fashion, beauty, or even video, there will be a time when you’ll need to shoot overhead for some reason. Don’t ask me why, I’m just sure that one day you will. So while I can’t help you with when and why, I can share the latest video from Peter McKinnon explaining how. Watch this tutorial to learn all about setting up a secure, compact, and efficient overhead setup.
In his recent video showing what’s inside a Canon 1DX Mark II, McKinnon shot most of his footage from above. I’m sure that like me, you wondered what his setup was like, and it’s precisely what he unveils in the video above.
His setup isn’t complicated at all and uses mostly equipment that studio photographers will own: a c-stand or light stand, a boom arm, and a clamp or grip head to hold the camera. One thing not to forget though is a counterweight of some sort. It could be a sandbag, a strobe, a backpack, or anything heavy that you have at your disposal. Also note that if you need an even more stable setup, you could install a second light stand or c-stand on the other end of the boom arm and use another clamp to fix it to the stand, basically recreating a backdrop support, which actually replaces this whole setup as well.
Have you ever shot overhead footage or pictures? What kind of setup do you use? Do you think McKinnon’s setup is a good idea or does it not look sturdy enough to you? Be sure to share your experience in the comments below.
[via Peter McKinnon]