What a wonderful day. I’ve spent the whole day working on the steadicam. I needed some handles to use to tighten down the various adjustable parts and this meant a trip to ACME Tools. I love it there.
They had the handles I needed and I bought six, though I think I only need four. It is good to have extras in case I come up with an idea. So, driving away from ACME I came across Batteries Plus. The idea of adding lighting to my steadicam has been rattling around in my head and since I was in the neighborhood I stopped. Erik was very helpful. He explained what I would need to know about my lighting source before I made a battery purchase. Then he suggested I head over to a photography store, as might have video lights. Their selection wasn’t great, but I bought a LED 30 by Promaster.
I hadn’t thought about the bracket I’d need to attach it, but when I opened the box it came with a really cool bracket. One tiny piece of wood and one of the extra knobs and I had it figured out. I wish there had been someone nearby, because I really needed a post triumph high five, but I moved on.
I finished the belt attachment and that too was a great moment. The bracket for holding the eye pad deux, is nearly done, as is one of the counter weights. The glue is drying. I not only glue up the pieces, but also add wood screws for extra strength. I’m very clever like that.