Manfrotto Compact Monopod

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One of the easiest ways to support the camera away from the body when taking selfie shots is with a selfie stick. Now, that’s all and fine when using a lightweight mobile phone or small compact camera but something else entirely when using an, all be it smaller, but much heavier DSLR such as the Panasonic Lumix G6, my usual camera.

What I needed was something strong enough to support the Lumix G6 when held a few feet away from the body yet still be compact, lightweight and also small enough to carry easily in my camera bag. I quick rummage in my camera equipment drawer produced something that was ideal for the job, a Manfrotto Compact Monopod.

I actually bought this for use with my Panasonic SD900 camcorder but its seen very little use in recent years.  Its short enough when closed to fit inside the Crumpler Jackpack Half Photo Backpack I use on my photography forays. But its real benefit is that it will easily support the Lumix G6 when fully extended. Okay, its hard to hold for much longer than a minute or so but still ideal for quick selfies.

Having your camera three feet away is rather awkward to reach the shutter to take that selfie. The monopod used here does not have a bluetooth function like the usual selfie stick for mobile phones. But there are a number of ways to get around this – unless you have exceedingly long arms in which case you can stop reading here.

The easiest method is to use the self timer function on your camera. Just set it to 10 seconds, compose and watch the birdy (2 seconds is too short). A good tip is to prcatice the position of the camera first, using your flip screen if you have one to view what the camera will capture. Having an audible “beep” when the shutter fires is also helpful.

Another method is to use a remote control and these can be either wired or wireless and which you use will depend on your camera make and model. Wired cable releases requires a jack plug on the camera while wireless remotes need to be able to recieve a signal from the transmitter. This can either be built-in or added as an accessory. I’ve used both methods and favour the wireless setup. More on remote controls here.

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