Are You on the Level?
by Gary Woods
One of the sure signs that you're looking at an amateur's photographs or video is that they're tilted in some way. As a Realtor I've seen a ton of pictures of houses that look like they're ready to fall down the side of the hill.
I've got a lens that allows me to take pictures that when they're placed on the internet look like you're standing in the middle of a room and twirling around and if I don't use a level to make sure the camera is flat the effect is like riding on a roller coaster.
To help all of us would be picture takers Photojojo (www.photojojo.com) has come up with the Level Camera Cube which sells for $15. The cube is a clear piece of plastic that contains three separate levels. Two of them are horizontal and one is vertical. The device fits into you camera's hot-shoe mount and can help you get perfectly aligned photos.
I think one of the best uses of the cube would be if you like to shoot multiple picture panoramas. If you've ever tried stitch together several pictures to make one large photo without the benefit of a tripod you know how really grotesque the result can be.
Measuring 1" X 1" X 1" the cube is small enough to slip into your pocket on the way out the door or if you don't need your hot-shoe for a flash you can just leave it attached to your camera body.
For $15 the Level Camera Cube is a great buy and a great way to make your pictures look a lot more professional.
If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or see my column on the Internet at http://www.santabarbaraproperties.com or call me at (805) 729-0910
Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc