ET-141 February 1939
United States Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine
A PORTABLE STAND FOR OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY
By A. H. Madden,
Division of Truck Crop and Garden Insect Investigations
In making outdoor photographs of experimental plot arrange-
ments, and similar subjects, it is often desirable to place the
camera at a considerable elevation. A natural elevation may some-
times be located at a convenient point from which the desired view
may be obtained, but in level country such a vantage point obviously
does not exist. This difficulty may be overcome by employing a
portable stand upon which the camera and tripod may be mounted.
Such a stand has been used by the writer for some time and it has
proved to be satisfactory for the purpose.
The stand consists of two parts, a base and a platform
(fig. 1, A and B). The four upright corner members of the base
are finished 2 by 4 inch pine, while the braces and cross members
are finished pine boards 21 inches wide. The platform was built
of finished pine boards, which were nailed to three cleats placed
across the bottom (fig. 1, C). A strip of wood 1 inch square was
nailed around the upper edge of the platform to prevent the tripod
legs from slipping and also to reduce the possibility of stepping
backward off the platform while operating the camera.
In practice, the stand is mounted on the body of a "pick-up"
auto-truck and transported to the desired location. The cleats on
the bottom of the platform are so placed that they fit tightly into
the corners of the top of the base (fig. 1, D), thus preventing the
platform from being shaken off while the stand is being carried
about on the truck. The advantage in having the base and platform
separate is that each part can be handled easily, and the entire
unit can be readily set up and taken down by one man.
With the stand mounted on a truck and the tripod legs fully
extended, the camera is approximately 12 feet from the ground (fig.
2). By using the cross brace at the rear of the base as a step,
the platform can be reached easily.
The stand is approximately 5 feet high. This height has
been found to be satisfactory and yet it is not too great to prevent
passage under overhanging objects, such as the branches of trees,
when the stand is being transported,
Figure l.--Drawings of the camera stand. A, base; B, platform;
C, underside of platform showing cleats; D, detail showing
the manner in which the cleats fit into the upper corners of
the base so that the platform is held in place while the stand
is being transported.
Figure 2.--The camera stand in use. The stand may be set up on
the ground when the maximum elevation is not desired.
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