Step 18: Finished! Now, Use It to Take Some Pictures.
Congratulations! You have finished assembling the rig. Test it out by pushing the base back and forth, it should orbit smoothly around the platform.
Attach your camera to the camera platform by screwing the 1/4" thumbscrew into the tripod fixture in the bottom of the camera, securing it to the camera platform.
Loosen the wing nut that holds the platform and camera adapter ring, and adjust the camera until it is pointed right at the platform.
Place your target object on the platform, and take 30 or so evenly spaced pictures.
Loosen the wing nut on the camera adapter, and slide the whole camera mount up. Take another 20-30 pictures looking down at the platform.
Repeat, this time moving the camera mount down, so you can take pictures looking up at the platform.
You can adjust the vertical pole to move it farther or closer to the object, by loosening the two shaft collars and sliding the whole assembly on the boom.