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! [read]