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Camera rig options for pole
Some KAP camera rigs have an automated tilt function which can be used via remote control. Very handy for fine tuning your composition along the vertical axis. I do note that some people mount similar kinds of rigs with automated tilt to poles for another form of elevated photography (low level aerial photography.) Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm assuming that camera rigs with this tilt feature are mainly attached to the top of a pole and nowhere else?
There's a telescopic fiberglass pole that I'm considering purchasing and using for elevated photography. With this particular pole, the top sections would be too thin to support the weight of my camera. So I would have to clamp the camera further down the pole. And I'm guessing with this kind of arrangement, a rig with automated tilt would be out of the question?
Thinking about it more, I guess it might be possible if you use something like a double clamp arrangement. There are various devices on the market these days that allow you to clamp multiple photographic accessories at the same time. So I guess you could have such a device clamping the pole with another clamp on the opposite side gripping a tiltable camera rig. The only downside with this is all the additional weight hanging off the side of the pole.
I also notice that very long fiberglass poles like this tend to lean over near the top rather than remain vertical. And the weight of a camera might make it lean over even more. Assuming that the pole is self supported rather than holding it by hand, you could use guy ropes. Though due to the kind of environment you're working in, there may not be anything like grass to drive stakes into to attach the guy ropes. I'm wondering if it would be effective to attach guy ropes to a bunch of tripods? Even if that did work, there may not be enough space to set the guy ropes at the required distance from the pole (again due to environmental factors.)
I would be interested in hearing any possible solutions to such problems.