I recently received a new stand to try out for my DSLR camera – and while i had my doubts at first – it worked out great! BIG thanks to Aaron and Arkon for supplying it for me – and for providing me with a coupon code so YOU can get 20% off your order in their store! (I do receive a small commission too, at no cost to you)
My studio is a unique one – I combined 2 bedrooms to make one big room, and installled built-in kitchen counters and cabinets for storage. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing when building or setting up; it was my first customization ever! But I left myself room to customize and grow going forward, and periodically I change things up like I did a few weeks ago.
Arkon sent me the DSLR stand, and I wasn’t sure how it would work. I even emailed Aaron to ask advice, I could get the clamp onto the side of the counter just to the left of me, but in addition to that being in my way, I needed one more “elbow” to get the angle to what I desired. I realized I could move the workspace — and even though that would be a ton of work to relocate everything (and you know what that means with art supplies….cleaning, redoing storage, and DUST BUNNIES!), I decided to do it. And it worked out great!
In the video I show you the setup I now have and why it works for me. Your space is different and will need different tweaks, but maybe there’s an idea in here that might help you! Watch the video below or click HERE to view it on YouTube.
New DSLR stand
Arkon came out with this DSLR stand recently – and since it’s 2021, you may discover it’ll take a while to get one, manufacturers worldwide are having trouble finding things! But – while I was a skeptic, given that my room doesn’t accomodate clamp stands too well, I was proven 100% wrong. This stand has so many adjustable features that it worked great. It’s super stable – no shaking, like I had experienced sometimes before. And it’s on that stand so my other one can move around with my needs to shoot other things.
Weighted Base Pro Stand
This Pro Stand is what I’ve used for years; it comes in a clamp model too but I hadn’t been able to use clamps too easily because they could only clamp to the side of the counter right beside me. Instead I weighted it down with a bunch of heavy things – you only need to do that with a DSLR, it’s fine with a phone – and that made it kind of a permanent fixture on my workspace. Now it’s free to roam around as I make reels and shorts on my phone!
I stepped up my game last year with a new Rode ProCaster Mic with boom stand, and have been happy with it. Well happy when I used it! I went through a few months last year not realizing a button needed to be clicked, and couldn’t figure out why my audio sounded goofy – but once I turned my brain on and fixed it, everything’s been great! The Sound Board made a much bigger difference than I ever expected it could – it gives it that “radio” sound.
The Dracast LED lights I bought a few years back were a life saver. I used to use 2 dome lights that sat ON the desk – holy cow, soooo big! And without stands they were unwieldy and a mess. I called B&H to get advice – sent pics, talked through my needs, and they recommended a few things. The 2 Dracast ones turned out to be just what I wanted – limited footprint on Tripod stands (which ended up needingnPins to connect them), adjustable in both light and where they’re aimed, and they don’t heat up the studio.
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