Archive for May 9th, 2009


Camera hook

Since I got my DSLR in 2007 I’ve been trying to work out a good scheme for storing it.  Basically, it resides either on my desk or in my camera bag.  Both of these locations are somewhat problematic.  If it’s on the desk, it gets in the way of things since it doesn’t really have a permanent place assigned to it.  If it’s in the camera bag, I have to dig it out whenever I want to use it, which is usually when one of the kids is doing something cute.  Unfortunately, I often miss shots because of the time it takes me to dig the camera out of the camera bag.

The whole situation was complicated this winter when I got a flash and a flash bracket.  I also got a Gary Fong LightSphere II on Alex‘s recommendation.  This setup produces great quality images but it’s pretty unwieldy.  In addition, the whole thing is very top-heavy and is prone to falling over if it’s set upright.  However, if I lay it down, it takes up a huge amount of desk real estate. Since I want to be ready to take pictures at a moment’s notice, I want to leave the whole thing put together but I couldn’t find a good way to store it all put together.

I’ve considered hanging it on some kind of hook before but I never got around to pursuing that idea until this week.  In designing it I made sure it would be able to handle the considerable weight of the camera, flash, and flash bracket.  I also spent a lot of time making sure that the camera would hang upright.  Finally, I designed in a little locking mechanism so the camera couldn’t be inadvertantly bumped off the hook.  In the photos below, you can see the results of my efforts.



Overall, I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.  As they say, however, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”, so it remains to be seen whether it actually accomplishes the goals I had for it.  For now, though, I’m content to sit and admire my handiwork.


May 2009

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