Cal Mitchener in Charlotte, NC wanted to share his latest real estate photography invention with us, that protects his gear on rainy days and harsh, direct sunlight. Cal adapted a golf umbrella to mount easily on his tripod. Here are several detail shots of Cal's invention. Detail 1, detail 2 and detail 3.
Here is Cal's description of how he built the umbrella adapter:
I came up with a great solution to rainy day shoots, as well as harsh direct sunlight. I saw something similar on the web, but I modified it a bit to better suit my needs.
I epoxied the golf umbrella’s handle into a section of 1.5” copper pipe, added a 1.5” to .5” reducer, and a short section of .5” copper pipe.
This slides easily into the .5” copper sleeve & end cap attached to bracket. I use this for rainy day exteriors and shooting into bright sun.
I love this thing, and thought it would be of interest to other real estate shooters.
Cal also reports that the market for real estate photography is "on fire" in Charlotte! He shoots 20-25 homes a week. When you are shooting at that rate, you can't cancel because of a little rain!