-By Dan dos Santos
A 'lateral arm' is an extension that attaches to your tripod, which allows you to mount your camera to a horizontal arm instead of the typical vertical shaft. I didn't even know these things existed until recently, when I went searching for a better way to film my tutorials and the like.
There are several options available out there, but I purchased the Photek Lateral Arm Extension based on reviews, and I can honestly say it is the best $70 I've spent on a piece of photo equipment in long time. It has quickly become invaluable to me.
The horizontal arm extends up to 38 inches, allowing me to get my camera, or webcam, right up to my painting, without having a cumbersome tripod in my way, or having to shoot over my shoulder at a weird angle. The balljoint head also allows you to shoot at absolutely any angle, including straight down like a copy camera, which has made doing book reviews and drawing videos SO much easier.
stone bag for added security.
The Photek arm is all-metal construction, and the ball-joint head is MUCH heftier than it comes across in photos. I honestly, can't say enough good things about this particular arm. It has exceeded my expectations is every way. If you're looking for a better way to film process videos, I highly recommend getting one... You won't regret it!