UPRIGHT PANEL HOLDERS (UPHs)


How large of a painting do you see yourself doing when you are painting on location?
Remember you may take this set-up to the local figure drawing group too, and maybe you like to paint larger or smaller at those. We’ve got what you need from micro to 36″ vertical UPHs. If you’re like me, you’ll want a couple of these things. In that case, I’d get the 18″ End Mount, and the 36″ Off Center Mount. Between those two UPHs, you can do just about anything.

HOW THEY WORK:

UPHAttachSo this is how the Upright Panel Holders (UPHs) work. They attach to a tripod head unit via the 1/4-20 threaded screw that protrudes from either the quick release plate on nicer models, or the head unit itself on lesser, or older tripods. Your tripod choice is critical with the Daytripper set-up, and of particular importance, is the Head Unit of your tripod. It must be metal for rigidity. If it is plastic as in the cheapo brands, any UPH you choose will wobble around too much. For more about tripods and whether or not yours will work click HERE. Pictured here and available below is the DOLICA AX620B100 Tripod. It’s the one I use personally on everything but 24×36. I then step up to a heavier duty Bogen Manfrotto.
Once your UPH is hand tightened to your tripod head unit, tighten it a bit further (about 1/4 turn more) with a small pair of pliers so ensure a firm bond there.

THE TWO STYLES OF UPHs:

UPHEnd Mount UPHs: The end mounted UPHs (Shown Left) hold up to their designations in sized panels but are actually 3 inches longer in length to make room for the attachment to the tripod and the connection at the top. So an 18″ UPH will hold an 18×24 panel in the landscape format, but is actually 23″ in length. The 24″ UPH is 27″ long. These are the only two UPH sizes in the End Mount configuration because after that they just become too unstable.

NOTICE also in the photo left, in this configuration, the painting will be farther away from you because the head unit is turned away from your palette. In the Off Center Mounted UPHs, your painting WILL be closer to your palette. With the End Mount UPHs, you may go either way by flipping the crossbars to the other side of the UPH, and turning the head unit around.  There are pros and cons to each way. This is a personal preference.

Off Center Mount (OC Mount) UPHs: First, in the Off Center Mounted UPHs, your painting WILL be closer to your Daytripper palette both in arms reach distance, and being directly over your palette if you prefer. I say prefer, because you may also raise the head unit extension shaft, thereby raising the entire UPH and painting. This is possible in both configurations. By being able to cover the distance from the hooks of the palette to the tripod head unit with a painting in this configuration, makes it the ideal solution for those that sit and paint frequently, and for going larger. The Center Mount UPHs are much more stable for larger sizes.
In this configuration, the length of the UPHs are only 1″ larger than their designation as opposed to 4″ in the End Mount UPHs. So with an 18″ OC Mount the UPH is 19″ long and can hold an 18×24 in the horizontal position. If your plan is to paint a lot of larger things on-location, I’d go with the 24″, 30″, or 36″ OC Mount UPH. You can always paint smaller with any UPH. I have an 18″ End Mount for most occasions and attached to my painting bag at all times, and I keep my Bogen Manfrotto and a 36″ OC Mount UPH in the car for when inspiration is running full tilt!!

THE CROSS BARS:
The Cross Bars slide up and down a slot in the UPH main bar. The slots are size on size with the screws so it is a snug fit that feels nice and secure. There are ergonomic sticky-rubber knobs to help secure the cross bar where ever you like along the UPH bar. Each cross bar has an angle holder for those high wind days as seen in the two left pictures, and screws protruding for an edge-free painting experience. The cut angle clamps the panel in very securely, but when it comes to those strokes that go right off the canvas, this configuration is not ideal. The screws protruding can also hold the panel very securely and is much better for taking paint strokes right off the canvas unrestrained.

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UPH PRODUCT LINE:

18″ End Mount UPH $75.00:  This is the most popular and suited for most painters. It weighs less than a pound, can hold panels up to 18″ vertical. Its actual length is 22″. It can be configured in front of or behind the tripod head unit making it closer or farther respectively at arms length.
FEATURES:
Less than 1 lbs.
Hold panels up to 18″ vertical panels
Can be configured in front or in back of the tripod head unit.
18″ Off Center Mount UPH $85.00:  This UPH is brand new and can work nicely for many painters particularly those on the shorter side. It weighs less than 1 lb. and can hold panels up to 18″ vertical. Its actual length is 19″. It can only be configured in front of the tripod head unit making it closer at arms length.
FEATURES:
Less than 1 lbs.
Hold panels up to 18″ vertical panels
24″ End Mount UPH $85.00:  This is a popular UPH and suited for most painters. It weighs 1.2 lbs and can hold panels up to 24″ vertical. Its actual length is 28″. It can be configured in front of or behind the tripod head unit making it closer or farther respectively at arms length.
FEATURES:
1.2 lbs.
Hold panels up to 24″ vertical panels
Can be configured in front or in back of the tripod head unit.
24″ Off Center Mount UPH $95.00:  This UPH is brand new and can work nicely for many painters particularly those on the shorter side that want to work larger. It weighs 1 lb. and can hold panels up to 24″ vertical. Its actual length is 25″. It can only be configured in front of the tripod head unit making it closer at arms length.
FEATURES:
Weighs 1 lbs.
Hold panels up to 24″ vertical panels
30″ Off Center Mount UPH $105.00:  This UPH is brand new and can work nicely for many painters particularly those that want to work larger. It weighs 1.2 lbs. and can hold panels up to 30″ vertical. Its actual length is 31″. It can only be configured in front of the tripod head unit making it closer at arms length.
FEATURES:
Weighs 1.2 lbs.
Hold panels up to 30″ vertical panels
36″ Off Center Mount UPH $115.00:  This UPH is brand new and can work nicely for many painters particularly those that want to work larger. It weighs 1.4 lbs. and can hold panels up to 36″ vertical. Its actual length is 37″. It can only be configured in front of the tripod head unit making it closer at arms length.
FEATURES:
Weighs 1.2 lbs.
Hold panels up to 36″ vertical panels

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