DIY Monopod for your DSLR Camera

DIY Monopod from a walking stick

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: Continue reading

Water Bottle “Tripod”

camera-on-water-bottleAlthough possibly better described as a monopod, this is one of the easiest to make camera mounts that you will find here.  This Instructales article outlines how to make it, but to summarize: Get 1/4 – 20 bolt and nut, poke hole in water bottle cap, attach bolt securely.  The camera can then be screwed into the bolt.

If that wasn’t clear, here it is in animated GIF format:

water-bottle-cap-tripodYou might not want to drink water from that bottle again, but I guess that’s the price you have to pay.

Mounted camera photo via Lifehacker

Smartphone Mason Jar Tripod

Here’s another simple but potentially very useful “tripod” idea.  This smartphone camera mount consists of a Mason jar and several rubber bands.mason-jar-tripod-rubber-bands

Or more specifically, a large rubber band (from broccoli apparently) and two hair ties.  I would imagine three rubber bands would also work.

Coins on the bottom provide the weight to keep everything steady.  It should be noted that these coins are most likely of Canadian origin, but US or EU coins should work just as well.  Simple and effective.

griptight-gorillapod-hero-newIf you’d like something a bit more “purpose built,” why not enter our Joby Smartphone Tripod Giveaway contest.  This model snakes around tree branches or whatever, so you can use it almost anywhere.