Here's a trick that has been priceless when doing double exposure at night with the LC-A+, avoiding the shakes of a hand held long exposures.
As you may have come to acknowledge in my photo gallery, I love to “turn the camera around” doing double exposures with my LC-A. It’s something that I’ve always thought offers impressive results but, like everything, there comes a time when you wanna step forward. One day, I told myself “let’s do nightly double exposures!” I took my tripod and I started. Everything was going well until I realized that the first exposure was perfect, but…
What happens if I turn the camera around and shoot again? The second exposure was always blurry and ruined the effect I was looking for.
This made me start looking for a solution, and now here’s the trick:
What we need:
- A plastic film can that we stock up on at home. You may also use that plastic piece that found in some antique camera that is used to protect the flash’s hot shoe.
- A hole screw of 6mm in diameter (the measure to screw our mount in the tripod).
- A tripod (of course). If you don’t have a big tripod there’s smaller ones that are also great for $5 in the market.
- Cyanoacrylate glue or similar (careful when using it so you don’t get your fingers glued…it’s not easy to unglue them!)
- Your LC-A+ or any other camera that has the possibility of double exposures and a universal hotshoe.
If we start at the base of having the plastic piece that protects the hot shoe you can skip to the step where we cut the plastic film can in the shape of the future mount for the screw.
The first thing is to take the plastic film can, cut it a piece of 1.7 cm x 1.7 cm, it should be as flat as possible, we’ll get that applying a little twist at the beginning, then the plastic should be pretty flat. Test that it fits well in the LC-A.
Second step, once we have the piece cut out, we flatten it a bit, and once it’s flattened, we’ll glue the screw on with the glue in the best way possible and do the same at the bottom part, the one that’s still a bit concave, making sure that it lines up at the middle.
Third, once our piece for the tripod is dry, we wait until it’s night time and we test our new tool. First, take a photo the usual way, then turn it around, screw it in again, and take the second picture upside down.
It’s important we do the photos with a remote switch; that way we’ll avoid shaking and increase the useful life of our new tripod piece. Remember it’s a fragile piece, it has to be manipulated with care, because the glue isn’t as strong as we would wish for. But, I assure you that having these simple precautions will have our home made tripod mount working for a long time.
I hope that you make as much use of this idea as I have and continue doing.
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