A DIY Photography Mast

shot with elevated DIY photography mast

Get an “aerial” view with a DIY photography mast!

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.

set up DIY photography mast outside

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.

stick used to aim camera on photography mast

Camera handle stick for manipulation

Although possibly the most refined, this isn’t the only very high camera mount we’ve seen here.  For more ideas, check out this PVC tripod extension or this bike-stand mounted GoPro Pole.

*I’ve successfully used the linked intervalometer with my Canon T2i, but haven’t tried the extension cable.