360 CAMERA SAFETY 101


Every year, hundreds
of innocent 360 cameras face an unfortunate and tragic ending. Some are drowned, dropped, smashed, taken by the wind, some have their lives cut
too short because of well, pure stupidity. And to that I say, enough is enough. I didn’t want to have to make this video. So by this point, I’ve
seen hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands of 360
cameras posted about in the Facebook groups,
that have had their lives cut tragically short. It seems like every
time I open up Facebook, I see a photo of a camera
with a smashed lens. And after I get past the
sick satisfaction of knowing it wasn’t me, I feel sorry for the person. And now, after seeing so many
360 cameras tragically lost, it’s time to admit it… We have a problem! And I speak as someone who
is part of the problem. I’m not perfect, I can admit it. I’ve killed one, two, three… Five 360 cameras in my time. And even though I’m a careful guy, there’s no getting around the fact that these things are delicate. People from outside the 360 community, call 360 cameras disposable,
which I think is silly. But, they are delicate,
yes, I can admit that. So let this video be a summary of all the things I’ve learned after going through five 360 cameras. I’m gonna call it Ben’s Top
Ten Tips For Not Breaking Your 360 Camera. Because I love you guys and
this breakage has to stop. I just got the brand new
Venture case for the One X, and look how pretty this thing is! No, I’m just kidding. (laughs) Not pretty, but I guess
if it does its job, it doesn’t matter. To be honest, I prefer not
using something like this, because it’s big and clunky and it very well could
get in my 360 shots. However, I will test it out
by the end of this video, so we’ll know for sure. So before you go out and buy something like the Venture case, here are 10 things you might want to try. You need to protect the
two lenses at all costs. This means always keeping
it in the camera case or pouch when you’re not using it, and keeping it there as much as you can. Only take it out when
you’re ready to shoot. Since it’s kind of hard to make a lens cap for a 360 camera, this is
the equivalent of a lens cap. You’ve got to make sure
nothing ever touches the lens. This includes your finger, and especially don’t put
it face-down on a table or a hard surface. Always use a small tripod when putting your 360 camera on the ground, otherwise, it’s just a matter
of time until it falls over and scratches the lenses. Even if you’re shooting
indoors where there’s no wind, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you don’t have a small
tripod, even a selfie stick will do the job, because
at least that way, you have control over it
and you can make damn sure the camera lens doesn’t go
anywhere near the ground. Use extreme caution with
do-it-yourself selfie stick and tripod combinations. I know it seems like a great
idea joining lots of selfie sticks together, but the
higher your camera goes, the higher the risk factor is too. The end shot probably
won’t even be worth it, compared to just buying
yourself a really long selfie stick to begin with. Especially if you’re
using cheap selfie sticks, there’s a much higher risk of
them snapping and breaking. Also, don’t attach a
really long selfie stick to a really high tripod,
because it only takes a poorly made base for it to break
and your camera to fall. If you own an extra long selfie stick you’ll know what I mean. Instead, try holding the selfie stick and painting yourself out
from the bottom later. If it’s windy out, don’t go further than arms length from your camera. You may think it’s stable, but it’s not. Ouch. If you really must leave your
camera so you can go hide, use a weighted monopod, that
way you have extra security at the bottom of the monopod base. That will fight it from tipping over just that extra bit more. The windier it is, the
heavier it will need to be. Here, I’m using my Bushman
monopod with a double counter-weight setup, but still, this is only good for medium wind. In strong wind, it still
stands a small chance of falling over. So if you were shooting
a virtual tour outside, and you had to get the shot, because it was an
essential part of the tour, then you’re gonna need to
weigh this down even more. So try and find something
big and heavy to cover the legs, to give it extra stability. And if you can’t think of anything, or if you shoot virtual tours a lot, you might want to consider
getting a shot bag, which they use in
cinematography and video, to weigh down heavy light stands. This will do the same
job for your 360 monopod. There’s no way anything’s moving with the weight of this thing. Always be cautious in
extreme heat or cold. Your camera will freeze
or it will overheat. So be sure to check on
it as often as possible when shooting in extreme weather, and turn it off and give it
a break as much as you can. Even a well-made camera can overheat in extreme circumstances and
I’ve almost done this myself. And it was caused by me turning the camera on without me realizing,
and it starts shooting 5.7k video in my bag for
like, an hour straight. That’s gonna put stress on any camera, and combine that with it being really hot, and the camera could actually like melt. You might think I’m over exaggerating, but it did happen to one person. Woah, cool! But sad at the same time. It looks like the exact
same thing happened to him. The camera was rolling in his bag, as he was onboard a plane. Maybe the battery expanded
or something like that, but it caused the camera to overheat, and the plastic started melting. That’s a really extreme example, and it probably won’t
happen to your camera, but you still do need to be careful to not accidentally trigger the camera. Give it space in your bag so
nothing accidentally presses the button and turns it on. And if you’re traveling with
it, take the battery out. Be careful not to get dirt or sand into your camera or camera gear. If you’re shooting
somewhere like the beach, this is gonna happen pretty quickly. And who wants sand in their stuff? Sometimes it can take months to come out. Just like it does with my underpants. So if you’re shooting
somewhere like the beach, only get the camera out
when you really need it. If you have good quality
360 camera accessories, like the Bushman monopod, I
wouldn’t take them to the beach. Have a backup, a cheaper
version of everything. So whenever I’m not at the
beach, I shoot with this. When I am, I shoot with my
much cheaper selfie stick. This is like 10 bucks, I
think I got it for free actually with my One X. And I use a cheap tripod as well. That way I know I can get it wet, I can get sand in it, and if it breaks, never works again, doesn’t matter. Don’t use a camera in the
water if it doesn’t explicitly say it’s waterproof. Water resistant doesn’t count. (loud feedback) Another one bites the dust. If the camera isn’t
waterproof, or water resistant, keep it a minimum of two feet
from the water at all times. Just trust me on this one,
I speak from experience. I’ve drowned not one, but two 360 cameras. It’s over here. I see it, yeah, just here. Huh. Wow, two years ago, I
was here on Bondi Beach having a swim with my
friends on a hot summer day. Just finished catching waves for the day and I was gonna go home,
but I thought you know what? I’m gonna get my Theta S out and get one of the most
amazing shots ever. Just on the edge of the
water here, so I did it. I grabbed my camera, and I
went back into the water. I thought, you know what? I’m only gonna be 10
seconds, what could go wrong? And I held the camera up, I jumped as a wave came towards me, and the wave ended up
being twice as tall as me. My Theta S got dumped. So I ran to shore, I toweled
it off, wiped it clean, turned it off, turned it back on again, and it didn’t turn back on. Theta S, (sniffs) I’m sorry. I did everything I could. I put you in a container
of rice for a week, and you just wouldn’t come back to life. (sobbing) (gentle piano music) So if it’s important to you to
shoot in or around the water or you like taking lots
of risks with your camera, and you think there’s a good
chance you could damage it, then I would definitely recommend
getting a case like this. Because the case, yeah, it’s
cheaper than a new camera. Here’s a sample photo
shot with a Venture case and as I look around, I’m
thinking, what Venture case? It’s like it was just
taken with no case at all. I can see some very faint
imperfections around the seam line, but I’ve got
to say, this is incredible given how big the Venture
case is, for it to completely stitch itself out of this photo. I’ve got to admit, I
completely dismissed it before taking this photo, but now I’m a believer. Since it was too cold
to swim at Bondi Beach, I took the Venture case into
the heated pool at my gym, and look, it worked. The case didn’t leak, I was
able to take this video, and this photo and it worked just fine. I’ll put a link to the Venture case, the camera and everything
else you saw in this video down in the description. Finally, I’m going to give you
some counterintuitive advice, and that is, get the money shot. If you think you can get it,
and it’s not too risky, get it! You have the Ben Claremont
blessing my child. Sometimes, you just know
there’s an amazing opportunity sitting there right in front of you, waiting for you to take
your epic 360 masterpiece. And yeah, it’s a little bit risky. Your head says no, your heart says yes, and your wallet also says no. But you’re willing to override
that for the small chance you might break your camera, in exchange for this amazing
shot, you deem it worth it. You put your camera at
risk, you say hey, okay, if this doesn’t work out,
I’ll have to buy myself a new camera, but I’m
willing to take the risk. Then I say yes, if you think
the shot’s gonna be that good, go for it, but do keep in mind
the 10 rules you just heard before you attempt this
epic, amazing money shot. All right, I’m here at
the end of my shoot, and we just got the
thumbnail for this video. Chris took a photo of me in the water, and I got almost 100% drenched, trying to get this damn
thumbnail of me fishing with my One X. Don’t do that! Don’t try making a thumbnail like that. Not safe. I literally almost fell in the
water to get that thumbnail, so that’s a sign of how far you can go if you want to take that risk
of getting the money shot. (kazoo music) If you have any other
safety tips you wanna add, leave them down there and
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