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Everything You Need to Know About the RoadTrip

  by Rachel       Category Tidbits       Tags MeFOTO RoadTrip, MeFOTO ballhead, drag control, QR plate, pan control, spiked feet

We hope you enjoy our quick guide to all that the RoadTrip has to offer. If there's anything that's not answered here, please leave us a comment in the comments section below.  

#1 is called the Tilt/Lock Adjustment Knob. This will loosen the ballhead up top so you can shift your camera around to the position you want. This is also how you can put your camera in vertical mode, when you push the ballhead into the groove on the side. Remember you need to tighten it afterwards so it stays in place.

#2 is the Drag Adjustment Knob (only available on the RoadTrip and GlobeTrotter). It adds tension to the ballhead so if you have a really heavy camera on your tripod it won't flop over or anything when you loosen the drag adjustment knob. This allows you to make smaller adjustments on the ballhead.

#3 is the Quick Release (QR) Plate knob. Loosening this allows you to remove or tighten the QR plate on which you put your camera. 

#4 is called the Panning Knob. It is the smallest knob on the side and when you loosen it, you can 'pan' the ballhead left and right in a horizontal movement. This comes in handy if you're taking panorama shots or shooting video and are tracking someone.

Unscrew the removable rubber foot to exchange with the spiked foot.

Spiked feet come in handy for stabilizing your tripod on uneven surfaces or for digging into the ground when you need extra stability in high winds.

You can reverse the center column on the Roadtrip, learn how here

Loosen the center column knob to adjust the height of the center column.

The RoadTrip has 2 leg angles. the first notch (shown above) gets you closer to the ground with a wider stance.

The second leg angle is the most commonly used (shown above). Very stable.

 Do you have a different MeFOTO model? See more posts in this series: 

-Everything you need to know about the BackPacker

-Everything you need to know about the GlobeTrotter


Everything You Need to Know About the BackPacker

  by Rachel       Category Tidbits       Tags MeFOTO Backpacker, quick guide, MeFOTO ballhead, drag control

We hope this quick guide will help you understand all the features of your BackPacker tripod. If there's anything you still have a question about, shoot us a comment in the comments section below.  

#1 is called a Drag Adjustment Knob. This will loosen the ballhead up top so you can shift your camera around to the position you want. This is also how you can put your camera in vertical mode, when you push the ballhead into the groove on the side. Remember you need to tighten it afterwards so it stays in place.

#2 is called the Panning Knob. It is the smallest knob on the side and when you loosen it, you can easily 'pan' the ballhead left and right in a horizontal movement. This comes in handy if you're taking panorama shots or shooting video and tracking your subject.

#3 is the Quick Release (QR) Plate knob. Loosening this allows you to remove or tighten the QR plate onto which you mount your camera. This could also be where you're running into problems, if this is not tightened enough when your camera is attached to the QR plate it could also not stay in place.

An alternate view of the BackPacker's ballhead.

Tightening the Drag Adjustment Knob.

 

The center column on the BackPacker is adjustable. All you need to do is loosen the center column knob and pull the ballhead up. This will extend the inner center column and make the center column longer

The BackPacker has two grooves in each of its three legs that you can lock the legs into place with and get two different leg angles.

Do you have a different MeFOTO model? See more posts in this series: 

-Everything you need to know about the RoadTrip

-Everything you need to know about the GlobeTrotter


Huy Ngo Shows Some MeFOTO Love

  by M. Gertz       Category Tidbits       Tags Huy Ngo, MeFOTO RoadTrip

Vietnamese photographer Huy Ngo describes himself as an “enthusiastic photographer,” a term I think anyone who truly loves photography should be able to relate to! Not only is he taking nice photos with his titanium MeFOTO RoadTrip, but he’s also taking nice pictures of it!

 © Huy Ngo

 © Huy Ngo

 © Huy Ngo

 © Huy Ngo

Oooh! Aaah! 

And here are some handpicked photos from Huy’s photostream - he shoots everything from sports, to nature, to portraits, to street, and he has a great eye for the little details that make a scene.  

 

All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Huy Ngo, all rights reserved; story is ©MeFOTO. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or re-post elsewhere without written permission.

 

 


Introducing...the MeFOTO Lightstand

  by M. Gertz       Category Tidbits       Tags MeFOTO RoadTrip, MeFOTO Backpacker, Jason Lanier

 © Jason Lanier

Wedding and landscape photographer Jason Lanier  got himself not one, not two, but four MeFOTO  BackPacker and RoadTrip  tripods in blue. Why? To use as light stands!

Jason travels all over the country teaching workshops and needed something to mount his 4 Rotolights to while teaching. Conventional light stands were either too flimsy to be dependable or too heavy to travel well. At WPPI, earlier this year, he came across MeFOTO and that was that.

He writes, “Since WPPI 2013 I've taken the MeFOTO's with me to Miami, West Virginia, Montana, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and all over California.  The combination of the MeFOTO's with my Rotolights or an off camera flash with a PocketWizard just can't be beat.”

Check out some of his posts featuring the MeFOTO Lightstand here and here. See more of his work at jasonlanierproductions.com.  

All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Jason Lanier, all rights reserved; story is ©MeFOTO. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or re-post elsewhere without written permission.

 


Stickygram Your Instagrams

  by Rachel       Category Tidbits, Fun       Tags Stickygram, Instagram, magnets, gift ideas

Here at MeFOTO we loooooove Instagram! So much so we even built it into our Giveaway. But your Instagram photos don't only have to live in your smartphone and on your social networks... 

 

With Stickygram, you can now print your Instagrams as magnets to decorate your fridge, cubicle, car, what have you!  Visit Stickygram.com to start selecting your digital to magnet images. Each sheet of 9 photographs is only $14.99 which includes shipping!

 

Use code: FRIENDMS7H to receive $2 off! 

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It's easy to do too (see Vine video below). Basically connect Instagram to your Stickygram account and all your photos automatically load for you to choose from. Once all 9 are selected, head over to the check out and your work is done. 

These make a unique and fun gift for all your photo-loving friends.