November 8th, 2010
Guest post by Lee Jinks of McAllen, TX:
Pole Aerial Photography (PAP) has gained popularity over recent years, but until lately, entry into PAP required a major investment and/or some serious engineering. Today there are various low cost products available to those wanting to attempt PAP. The most economical approach is with a low cost painter’s pole available at most any home improvement or hardware store. The initial problem is attaching the camera to the top of one of these poles. Enter the Pole Pixie or the similar Kacey Enterprises Camera Pole Adapter. Attach the camera to the pole with an adapter, set the self-timer, raise the pole into position and you’re conducting PAP! It’s that easy.
The timer method works well for real estate photography, but it soon becomes apparent that having control over the shutter would greatly reduce the hassle of raising and lowering the pole for each shot. Additionally, the photographer would benefit from remote shutter release when action is involved.
Most DSLR’s have a remote shutter port, so wired or wireless remote shutter generally isn’t a problem, but with compact digital cameras remote shutter release isn’t usually an option. This is where the Pixie Click remote trigger comes in. It’s a simple yet effective device which provides remote shutter control for most compact digital cameras.
What I like about the Pixie Click remote trigger is its rugged low tech design. Setting up and adjusting may take a few minutes the first time, but operation is consistent and reliable. I also like that its use is not limited to the pole. It can be used on a tripod as well.
Limitations: Cameras taller than 3 3/4” will not fit into the frame. You can see that the Pentax in the photo above had to be turned around for the shutter screw to work properly. There’s usually a way to get a camera to work on the frame. Additionally if the shutter button is at an angle (not pressed straight down), the Pixie Click may not work properly.
Overall it’s a great unit for $79.95 which will allow even more people to raise the level of their photography.