At WPPI’s trade show I got a chance to see Savage Universal’s—the background people—Tech Table products and decided to put their Tethered Photography Essentials Kit to work in my 11×15-foot home studio. I first used it the way it was designed and set my laptop the on Air Flow Tech Table but also used it to rest a reflector for head shots—so it’s very versatile.
The Air Flow Tech Table Essentials Kit sells for approx. $270. The heart of the kit line is the Air Flow Tech Table that’s designed for shooting tethered to a laptop whether on location or in the studio, although I shoot untethered more often than not, using the laptop to control the lighting, as with the Elinchrom D-Lite RX One To Go Kit, or just use it as a place to keep my MacBook Pro during a session. The Air Flow is made from high-grade aluminum with 45 ventilated slots to dispersing heat from the laptop and battery to provide longer shooting times. You supply the tripod to mount Air Flow Tech Table and I just found an old but sturdy tripod I want using and put it to work holding it.
The kit includes a Laptop Secure Strap to firmly anchor a laptop to the table and a Camera Mount that provides a stable platform for any tripod head. The kit also includes an Extended Mouse Pad Platform (and a mouse pad) for using an external mouse, a Cable Hook to keep long cables neatly looped and a fistful of Velcro cable ties.
There’s even a nice carrying case if you want to take all the gear on location. All of these accessories are made of high quality materials and are easy to install, requiring no tools and easily snapping into place. There’s lots of other useful accessories available from Savage, including the useful and affordable ($26.06) 5×7-foot Infinity grey vinyl background shown in the above photograph.
If you’re interested in shooting portraits and how I use cameras, lenses and lighting in my in-home studio, please pick up a copy of “Studio Lighting Anywhere” which is available from Amazon.com with, as I write this, new non Prime copies selling for$17.50 (plus shipping,) cheaper than the Prime price.