Get a GRIP
By Stan Sholik
Camera cables. They were a bother in the studio when shooting film, but wireless flash triggering systems freed most photographers from the need to snake a sync cord from their camera to a power pack. One less cable for subjects, clients or art directors to trip over.
Now we have tethered image capture with digital cameras in the studio, and camera cables are back with a vengeance. Power cable, USB or Firewire cable, and possibly a sync cord need to be managed, or some connection is sure to break at the least opportune time and disrupt the flow of the session. Canon EOS-1D Mark II photographers are particularly aware of this problem with the issue surrounding the Firewire port connection on their cameras.
Caption: With the D2X mounted vertically, the TetherGRIP Pro ensures that the weight of the cables doesn’t pull the cords from the camera. Photo ©Stan Sholik.
The TetherGRIP Pro system is designed expressly to deal with cable
management for photographers, both film and digital. Conceived by a
professional photographer, it is a simple, foolproof design that really
does the job, easily holding the three cables I use when shooting
tethered in the studio. The system consists of a small camera connector
that you attach to a convenient place on the camera body. The camera
connector snaps into the TetherGRIP itself, a substantial clamp with a
rotary knob that you tighten to grip the cables.