How to make a tripod for free

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.

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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]

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  • How to make a tripod for free

    Thanks for sharing this info, its so simple. What are your thoughts on the cheap tripod you linked to or the other one that is flexible? Its not something I would use often but there have been times where we wanted to get a group photo and had to rig the camera on the table and try to angle it.
    Loverock Davidson
  • RE: How to make a tripod for free

    I've never tried the one that I linked to, but in my experience they don't all work equally well, so you probably want to check it out in person first (although at $1.25 it's not a huge risk). I personally like the Gorillapod tripods (http://joby.com/gorillapod) they're light and really flexible.

    Janice Chen
  • Buy a Beanbag!

    Beanbags are cheap enough. They also offer a more stable platform and can hold most small cameras at just about any angle!
    FiOS-Dave