Review: Tripad - Digital Photography School

Review: Tripad

One of the more ingenious products I’ve come across lately is the Tripad.  It’s purpose is simple,  support a computer on a tripod to make shooting tethered as easy as possible. Shooting tethered is an incredibly useful means of using your computer to control your dSLR camera. It enables you to preview images before they’re taken on your computer (think large screen live preview) and to remotely control exposure settings. Shooting tethered is especially useful when shooting in a studio setting.

The Tripad is composed of two heavy duty  incredibly strong pieces of plastic that snap together. The total weight of the Tripad is 3.5 pounds. When assembled, which takes seconds, the Tripad slips over the top of a tripod to rest on each leg. This provides a very stable platform as long as your tripod is properly set. Even with out a camera on the tripod the Tripad was very stable supporting my 5.5 pound MacBook Pro 17″ laptop with ease. The Tripad could easily support more and as shown on the Tripad blog it can support as much as 50 pounds!

One of the more convenient aspects of the Tripad is that it has two platforms that can extend from the left and right of the base. One has a cut out to hold a cup, but if you’re not keen to having your morning coffee next to your computer as you’re work you can use it as a planter holder.  By and large the side platforms are handy to give you a little extra flexibility whether you want to hold an external hard drive or use an external mouse. While I haven’t used them extensively I do like that they’re there in case I need them for something critical.

My recent webinar series on Star Trail photography was a perfect time to use the Tripad coming in handy with the video camera setup. The stability provided was invaluable especially when it came to providing a stable platform to keep multiple cords plugged into my laptop. The entire setup was perfect to minimize if not remove the risk of cords or connectors coming lose. Not having to worry about connectors working loose provided much needed peace of mind.

If you’re in the market for a nimble solution to work with a tethered camera setup I highly recommend the Tripad. Priced at around the $90 (US) its a solution well worth investing in.


Tripad being used during the filming of my Mastering Star Trail Photography video course, providing  much needed stability for our camera setup. Hat tip to Martin Taylor (pictured) for his creative assistance.

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Jim Goldstein is a San Francisco based professional photographer. An author as well as a photographer Jim has been published in numerous publications including Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, Popular Photography and has self-published a PDF eBook Photographing the 4th Dimension - Time covering numerous slow shutter techniques. His latest work and writing can be found on his JMG-Galleries blog and on 500px

  • http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/ Mridula

    The gadgets I get to see on this site! Here is a simpler picture just taken using a tripod. :D

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2012/03/skywatch-friday-dawn-at-chilika-lake.html

  • http://disney-photography-blog.blogspot.com/ Alexx

    Extremely cool. I’d like one of those one day for sure.

    http://disney-photography-blog.blogspot.com/

  • Aperture Ray

    $90 (plus probably shipping) for a non adjustable plastic tray that’s dependent on the height and rotation of a tripod it’s mounted on? That’s insanely expensive! You can see in the picture how the guy has to sit down to be at eye level of the screen. What happens if you spread the tripod legs out wider? This thing isn’t going to fit on it then- not that you’d be able to adjust the legs to begin with since this thing will prevent you from even moving the legs…

    Just not sure why this thing is getting such a glowing review. :/

  • Tim Gray

    Its $100.00 in the USA not $90.00 and Honestly it’s massively overpriced for what it is. I can buy a tripod head mount laptop surface for 1/2 that price and have the laptop at a standing height on a second cheap tripod.

    It’s a great idea, just needs to be $49.99.

  • http://www.timelesscapturesphotography.com Carlee

    That’s a great idea! Though I agree, it is a bit overpriced, as a lot of photography equipment is. I think it’s a cool gadget though, and I’m sure it will be quite popular. Thanks!

  • http://annaraine.deviantart.com Anna

    Good idea but has much room for improvement.
    Price needs to go down a lot.

  • Randy McKown

    and if you don’t like using your laptop that often you can use this baby to hold your turkey sandwiches

  • http://annaraine.deviantart.com/ AnnaRaine

    @ Randy McKown ,
    you’re comment is perfect… i could see myself doing that

  • http://www.willierobb.com/ Willie

    Thanks for the info. I will definitely buy ne now.

Some older comments

  • Willie

    June 29, 2013 08:01 am

    Thanks for the info. I will definitely buy ne now.

  • AnnaRaine

    April 16, 2012 02:08 am

    @ Randy McKown ,
    you're comment is perfect... i could see myself doing that

  • Randy McKown

    April 15, 2012 01:18 pm

    and if you don't like using your laptop that often you can use this baby to hold your turkey sandwiches

  • Anna

    April 7, 2012 05:06 am

    Good idea but has much room for improvement.
    Price needs to go down a lot.

  • Carlee

    April 6, 2012 06:57 am

    That's a great idea! Though I agree, it is a bit overpriced, as a lot of photography equipment is. I think it's a cool gadget though, and I'm sure it will be quite popular. Thanks!

  • Tim Gray

    April 5, 2012 08:33 pm

    Its $100.00 in the USA not $90.00 and Honestly it's massively overpriced for what it is. I can buy a tripod head mount laptop surface for 1/2 that price and have the laptop at a standing height on a second cheap tripod.

    It's a great idea, just needs to be $49.99.

  • Aperture Ray

    April 5, 2012 04:33 am

    $90 (plus probably shipping) for a non adjustable plastic tray that's dependent on the height and rotation of a tripod it's mounted on? That's insanely expensive! You can see in the picture how the guy has to sit down to be at eye level of the screen. What happens if you spread the tripod legs out wider? This thing isn't going to fit on it then- not that you'd be able to adjust the legs to begin with since this thing will prevent you from even moving the legs...

    Just not sure why this thing is getting such a glowing review. :/

  • Alexx

    April 5, 2012 03:13 am

    Extremely cool. I'd like one of those one day for sure.

    http://disney-photography-blog.blogspot.com/

  • Mridula

    April 5, 2012 01:52 am

    The gadgets I get to see on this site! Here is a simpler picture just taken using a tripod. :D

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2012/03/skywatch-friday-dawn-at-chilika-lake.html

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