How to make a tripod for free

Summary:[How to make a tripod for free]If you can't bear to cough up a buck or two for even the cheapest little tripod to stabilize your table-top images (or are just too lazy to carry one around), this awesome tip is for you: With a few strategic bends, you can fashion a stable stand for a compact camera from a lowly paper clip.

If you can't bear to cough up a buck or two for even the cheapest little tripod to stabilize your table-top images (or are just too lazy to carry one around), this awesome tip is for you:  With a few strategic bends, you can fashion a stable stand for a compact camera from a lowly paper clip.  Originally "designed" as an iPhone stand, the reincarnated paper clip works great for both horizontal and vertical shots (though the vertical orientation may take a little bit of balancing, depending on the heft of your camera).  I actually tried this trick at home and it works a treat. It's perfect for those super slim ultracompacts that won't really stand up on their own.

Check out the inventor's video:

[Dean and Ying via Photojojo]

Topics: Hardware

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