This is my very first post in this forum and I’ve never actually visited this makerspace in person so I apologize if this is the wrong avenue to post this in, but I’d appreciate if I could get some help. This site was recommended to me. Thanks!
First, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Court and I am (was?) a photographer with muscular dystrophy. (Think: “ALS family.”) Basically what this means is that I’m a mutant, kind of like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles… Except I didn’t get any cool superpowers, but rather a condition that progressively makes my muscles weaker. Several years ago in high school I was able to join a graphic design / photography class and really discovered my love for it all. Photography was a hobby that I had no disadvantages in compared to the average person. Being in a wheelchair meant that I had to be creative with my angles, but it was a challenge that I loved. I enjoyed using my school’s cameras for the 1.5 years that I was there, and for my graduation present my mom even got me a camera of my own to enjoy.
Here’s the problem (and why I posted)… I didn’t really get to enjoy my camera because of how heavy it was. The prime muscles that are used to hold a camera up and balance it as you use your other hand to manually change the settings… I don’t have that anymore, and all of the equipment that I have is basically a paperweight now.
An amazing organization in Canada* had made a camera holder for me that is essentially the exact same thing as THIS. I was so excited to receive it but quickly found out that my camera (Nikon D3200 – 1.5~ lbs) and its standard lens were way too heavy to be held up by the loc-line/coolant tubing.
THIS is an example of what I would love to make or have made for me. This was something that was made on a Kickstarter several years ago but is no longer being sold. I haven’t been able to get in contact with the maker of it or even the company, which seems to have been abandoned. The mount seems perfect for me, though. It can actually hold a camera up, and I still somewhat have freedom with where I want to put my camera. I just don’t know where to begin with learning how to do this. My only alternative to get something from a medical company that can do this costs over $1,000, and I could barely buy the camera in the first place haha.
Worst case scenario and I can just buy a mount that stays still (kind of like a cupholder) which isn’t bad but is moreso made for people with paralysis, and who can’t really use their hands at all.
Anyway, I’d love to get back into photography again so if any of you have any ideas or better places that can help me with this, I’d really appreciate it. Thank you so much!
edit: “Camera” definitely isn’t a synonym for “Canada.” Aah!