How to mount a DSLR to the ceiling for bird's eye view pictures?

by Raphael Rafatpanah   Last Updated July 16, 2017 22:18 PM

I am looking to take pictures of oriental carpets and need to somehow mount my DSLR to the ceiling. I do have a remote shutter, but I am wondering what would be the best way to mount a DSLR to a ceiling?

The ceiling is like a warehouse type ceiling with steel supports every couple feet.

Any help is greatly appreciated!



Answers 2


You can try Joby GorillaPod, I've heard good things about it but I never used one myself (if you go this way get the original Joby Gorillapod, the knock-offs are generally awful)

Nir
Nir
June 22, 2013 21:07 PM

The normal approach is to use something like a Manfrotto Super Clamp, perhaps in conjunction with a tripod head (if the clamp itself needs to be attached at an inconvenient angle) and/or a Magic Arm.

But that's the walk-into-the-camera-store, off-the-shelf solution. You can use any sufficiently secure clamping system (available at most hardware/home improvement stores). Almost all cameras use a standard 1/4"-20 screw to mount to, well, a mount; almost all tripod heads meant for small and medium format cameras use a standard 3/8"-16 screw on the bottom side (where it would normally attach to a tripod). Cobbling something together is pretty easy, and you can use a short piece of aircraft cable as a safety harness, running from the camera's strap loops to the overhead beam/joist/rafter/strut. It's not as versatile and quick to set up on location, but if you're not normally rigging facilities for rempote cameras, it's an awful lot cheaper.

user2719
user2719
June 22, 2013 21:22 PM

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