Suppose you’d like a monopod to use with your camera, but don’t want to shell out a lot of money for it? “ExpertPhotoTips” has you covered with his video on how to convert an aluminum walking stick into a cheap DIY monopod. This can be used with a DSLR, or any other camera that uses a standard tripod mount.
Besides being a cheap alternative to a professional-level monopod, the DIY version has the advantage of still functioning as a walking stick. Check out the video below to see how this was accomplished:
In this video, a “camera screw” with a flat head is inserted from the bottom side and secured with a bonding putty. This works well for the walking stick featured. Depending on your situation, it might be advantageous to use a 1/4 – 20 set screw to secure your camera. This could work excellently with a wooden walking stick, similar to how I made the wooden GoPro bike mount pictured below.
If you’re looking for an Aluminum walking stick similar to what is used on the video, I found this one on Amazon. It’s under $12 on Prime, but my only reservation is that I’m not sure what the front looks like for screw insertion.