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Pole Photography

Ned_L

Philadelphia, US
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Ned_L Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, especially Travel Photography Charter Member
Thu 13-Mar-14 02:59 AM

Recently, I've begun to look into "Pole Photography," which is simply put, putting your DSLR up on a pole, at least 15-25 feet (4.6-7.6 meters) up in the air, to get a different point of view for travel shots, sports shots, and news shots in particular, for me. From what I understand, many who take photos for the real estate industry use pole photography.

I've also read that some of these poles are quite high, some reaching 50-60 feet (15-18 meters) which are anchored to a pickup truck, for example.

Some people are using painter's poles, and some are using expensive poles made specifically for this kind of photography, such as the "Magic Pole," "Photomast," "Wonder Pole," and "Pole Pixie," which can range in prices from about $300 to $3,000. (I'm not interested in the $3,000 variety.

I've searched on Nikonians and can't find anything about this genre.

I'm interested in getting somewhere between 20-25 feet (6-7.6 meters) up with a D4 or D800 with grip (In other words a heavy DSLR). I'm wondering if any of you have experience with this kind of photography, and can especially help me with a pole purchase recommendation. I have many of the other pieces figured out, such as remotely controlling the camera wirelessly.

If you have personal experience that would be fabulous to hear about, especially if you have recommendations for purchasing and/or for more resources for me to learn about this kind of photography.

Thanks.

Ned
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