RT recently wrote in to tell us about his site, MMDO, which in addition to some other interesting DIY projects, features custom camera mounts. The first one that caught my eye was his “photography mast.” I wasn’t sure what something like this was called, but “photography mast” works for me.
This mast consists of scrap metal tubing, the main section sourced from an old aerial antenna mast. Three legs are welded to the bottom section, and the top has a plate attached where the tripod head goes. The three mast sections are tapered at the end, allowing them to fit into each other for easy assembly.
Camera control is achieved with a very long USB cord (which I think means he’s using a Nikon). Another option if you’re using a Canon DSLR might be an intervalometer with an extension cable on it (Amazon).* Cleverly, aiming of the camera is accomplished with a long stick with a hook on it.
*I’ve successfully used the linked intervalometer with my Canon T2i, but haven’t tried the extension cable.