Take a look at Facebook and Instagram, and you’ll see quickly that we as fishermen have become more and more tech savvy, and more and more reliant on social media. From recording our captures, to promoting product and sponsors, there’s been a real proliferation of fishing media in the last couple of years.
Much of this media is captured on small consumer Point of View cameras such as the GoPro and Sony’s new Action Cam, but, as fisho’s have become more savvy, so has the thirst for the ability to capture better quality images using dslr.
A tripod is an essential piece of the photography puzzle. It allows you to take long exposures, eliminate camera shake and in my case, gives me a light weight mount for my off camera flash.
That said, I can tell you now that I don’t care much for lugging a cumbersome heavy duty tripod around, not even my lightweight carbon fibre one. On the boat is one thing, but when we go trekking off in search of that elusive trout in the back country, or for a quick landbased blackfish session, I want something small and light without sacrificing too much on functionality.
Enter my Joby Gorillapod. It’s an excellent alternative to the full size tripod. I have the “SLR-Zoom”model, and it is only 25cm long and weighs less than an undersize bream at 0.19kg.
It works perfectly as an off camera flash mount, and is strong enough to support my Nikon D3 + 85mm lens.
The Gorillapod is a strange looking device, and it can be manipulated to support your camera or flash in just about any conceivable position, by clinging onto rails, trees, rock ledges, powerpoles etc. Failing all of that, it can be used more conventionally as a small tripod.
As I said, I use mine predominately as a flash mount so that I can shoot using off camera flash. It allows me to position the flash almost anywhere that I want it, without the fear of losing $1000 worth of flash and flash trigger gear over the side of the boat. Now I’m sure the Kingfish are enjoying the disco lights on one of the markers in Sydney Harbour that is now home to one of my flash outfits that was mounted on an unsteady flash stand, but my wallet wasn’t so happy at the outcome.