gorillapod micro

i'm a big fan of joby's gorillapods, they are super useful little tripods that can mount virtually anywhere. they combine really well with the glif too, so can be used with a smartphone. what began as a single product has spawned many more in joby's range, and last year they released the micro.

promising to be just as handy as the original gorillapods, but 'without the excess baggage', these tripods have zinc-alloy legs with rubberized feet that fold up to sit almost completely flush with the camera, so you can keep it attached even in a camera bag and not have to remove it an re-attach it all the time.

there are two sizes, the smaller can support up to 250g and cost £16.95, and the larger one can hold up to 800g and costs £24.95. available from joby.

via bltd


i've noticed the glif whilst trawling through various design blogs in recent weeks, and the more i see it, the more i want one! designed by tom gerhardt and dan provost of studio neat, it is "a simple iphone 4 accessory with two primary functions: mounting your iphone onto a tripod and propping up your iphone at various angles".

made from a recyclable rubberized plastic, and small enough to fit snugly in your pocket, it has a standard thread that fits any tripod or camera mount. which means it would go perfectly with my much loved (and blogged about) gorillapod!

the glif is designed for the iphone 4, which means (obviously) it is not useful to people that don't own one. but if you do have one, it looks like a great product. when the iphone 4 is replaced with a newer model, so too will there need to be a new glif, which is always the problem with accessories designed for specific products. let's hope the iphone 5 has the exact same dimensions!

the only other downside i can see is that i'd have to splash out on an app with a timer function, but i'm sure it would be worth it. the glif costs $20 (I'll have to see if they are available in the uk), and was made possible thanks to the kickstarter platform. for this price, i don't think it's too much of a problem that it is iphone 4 specific, and all the testimonies i've heard are very positive!



i don't know why i havn't done a post on the gorillapod yet, as i have had it for a couple of months now, and have already been raving about it on my twitter feed, as well as to everyone i know.

if you've never heard of one before, it is basically a very flexible tripod for a camera. the company that makes them, joby, have created a variety of sizes for different cameras (below), all of which performing the same, amazing function.


it's always great to take photos with a tripod, as it reduces camera shake, and for setting up timed photos you can be sure of the angle you are going to get. with traditional tripods though, you are often limited as to where you can set them up. i have a really small one that is quite cool, but you still need about a 20x20com area to set it up properly.

and this is where to gorillapod comes in. not only can it be used as a standard tripod, but the legs are flexible, so you can attach it to almost anything. this is from the joby site:

The Original Gorillapod is the lightest and most versatile camera tripod available today. Featuring over two dozen flexible leg joints that bend and rotate, the Gorillapod will firmly secure your compact digital camera to virtually any surface — anywhere and everywhere!

The Gorillapod is the ideal camera accessory for photographers on the go. Throw it in your pocket or backpack and you'll be ready for your next adventure! While the Gorillapod serves all the functions of a traditional camera tripod – steadying your camera under low-light conditions, taking timed group shots, etc. – it is the only tripod malleable enough to provide you with the perfect shot while wrapped around a tree branch, hanging from a pole, or perched on a jagged rock. The possibilities are endless!

like i said, i have had it for a while now, and i still think it's great. i've got the small one for compact cameras, and got it on amazon for under £10. The prices obviously increase the larger and more professional you get, but i really do think they are woth the money.


it has lots of joints which are all flexible, but retain the tension when set up to take the photo, and stays secure.


it has a quick release, which is very useful!


the rubberised feet are very grippy.


and it also folds down pretty small!

as if i havn't praised it enough, let me finally say, this is a brilliant product. i can (again) highly recommend them.

link to joby

the difference a good picture makes...

http://www.raydobbins.com/photosetup/update4.jpg a while back a saw a post about a guy who takes amazing photos of custom bikes using a very basic set up. from boingboing:

'Using consumer cameras, Ray gets tremendous results in his modest garage photography studio. Ray's process has been perfected with considerable trial and error, but surprisingly little money. With a $30 tripod, $35 halogen Sears work lights and a $55 roll of seamless, Ray has proven that I can no longer blame my camera for my poor quality photos.'



it just shows the difference a good photo makes, and how simple it can be! check out his site to see what kind of lights, backdrop, and tripod set up he uses. through lots of trial and error he seems to have come up with just the right setup, which can easily be copied without having to go through that trial and error yourself.

when looking at peoples (product) design work on a website or portfolio, a picture can really make or break a product. a simple white backdrop like the one above is often the best thing to use to show the product, as it doesn't over-complicate things. i will definitely use some of his tips when photographing my own things this year...

link to boingboing post

link to ray dobbins photo setup