The Steady Stand SS200 comes flat packed in a Smart Wallet* with a large white copy board, a set of 4 adapter plates and a small macro copy board and here we’ll run you through the simple set up and give you some tips on how to make the most of your Steady Stand.
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Folded and locked together with two pairs of locking tabs your Modahaus Steady Stand is ready for action in an instant.
USING THE ACCESSORIES
Firstly, the large white copy board – A, like all the components is made from a hard wearing, wipe clean environmentally friendly polymer that is built to last. The copy board is just that. The board you place your subjects you wish to copy or photograph. The Steady Stand once assembled is ready to accept most Compact Cameras with a lens diameter just less than 65mm.
If you are using any iPhone or any Smartphone you can simply add translucent adapter plate – E. These scenarios cover photography of most subjects.
A nifty feature of the Steady Stand for all iPhone users is automatic lens centering on the copy board. If you position your iPhone flush against the bottom and left hand side corner tabs, your iPhone lens is automatically centered over the copy board beneath. This works for all iPhones from the original to the iPhone 4S. We’ve also built in a tolerance so you can keep your case or bumper on whilst shooting.
If you have a reflective subject such as shiny metal in jewelry, then you need to watch out the metal work isn’t picking up a distracting reflection of your camera so on those occasions you would use the anti reflection plates either B, C or F.
B is for Compacts, C is for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S and F is for all Smartphones. We’ll show some examples in a minute.
Accessory D is a small opaque white macro copy board. This allows you to create an elevated copy board platform inside the Steady Stand simply by placing the copy board on top of a cup for example. I find a cup works well as you always have one handy and they usually have a handle, which is useful if you want to slide your macro copy board in and out for adjustment of your subject.
USING THE SMART WALLET *
The Smart Wallet has been designed to do more than just contain and transport your Steady Stand – hence we call it Smart 😉 . When you have a highly reflective subject like metalwork in jewelry, eliminating cluttered, distracting reflections will greatly enhance your photographs. The translucent side walls of the Steady Stand give clean uncluttered reflections and when you position the Steady Stand on top of the Smart Wallet, you can fold up the two large flaps at either end of the wallet so your subject is completely surrounded and all unwanted reflections are eliminated.
You can also add one of the opaque white adapter plates to the upper platform which helps eliminate any reflections of your iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Smartphone or Compact Camera. N.B. When using these three opaque white panels around your subject remember to make sure there is good light coming in through the translucent side walls of the stand.
One tip here. There are times and places you don’t want reflections and others when you do want some. The secret is to control them and you can see the result in the images below which shows the effect you have by selectively placing a black strip of card or black tape or ribbon to introduce dark reflections where you want them.
The image on the left was shot without the Smart Wallet flaps or the anti reflection plate in place and you can clearly see dark reflections coming in either end of the steady stand in the round silver beads. You can also see the reflection of the iPhone in the center of the beads. The image on the right shows the effect of folding up the Smart Wallet flaps and adding the iPhone anti reflection plate. You can also see in the right hand image the effect of adding the black strip has had on the bead and charms at the bottom edge. The stones in this image also have much more depth to them.
USING THE STEADY STAND 200 AND STUDIO PRO 216
The Steady Stand 200 and the Studio Pro 216 were made for each other. The Steady Stand fits neatly in to the front level area of the Studio Pro 216. This gives you a variety of set ups to switch between during a photo session and is a great aid for productivity as well as creativity. You can shoot on white or a variety of the colored backdrops, shoot from above, shoot from the front and you can also suspend your dangly subjects from the Steady Stand. Here are a few example photos that speak for themselves.
We’ll have more details of this awesome combination in our Guides section very soon. Be sure to subscribe for updates!