How to Make a Camera Stand


A camera stand, or tripod, can be especially useful, even crucial, in getting the picture you want. When photographing something small, far away or detailed, having a stand to help keep the camera stationary and focused is extremely important. However, camera stands can be very expensive and not worth the investment, especially if you only need the stand for one project or a brief photo shoot. Luckily there's a simple and reliable way to fashion your own camera stand using basic materials that can often be found around the house.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-liter bottle with lid
  • Screw
  • Washer
  • Drill
  • Camera
  • Find the tripod or stand hole located on the bottom of your camera. Nearly all cameras have a threaded hole on the bottom designed to screw stands or tripods into.

  • Locate a screw that fits into the hole in the bottom of your camera. If you don't have a screw handy you should be able to find one easily at your local hardware store.

  • Fill the 2-liter bottle with water.

  • Drill a hole into the lid of the plastic bottle that matches the hole in the bottom of your camera. To do this make sure the drill bit you are using matches the size of the screw that fits into the hole in your camera.

  • Place the washer onto the screw and then insert the screw through the hole in the plastic bottle lid. Put the screw in from the bottom of the lid, so it screws upward instead of downward.

  • Screw the screw into the lid all the way until the head of the screw and the washer are tight against the bottom of the lid and the threaded end of the screw is protruding out of the top of the lid.

  • Screw your camera onto the protruding, threaded end of the screw in the plastic bottle lid. Turn the screw into the camera until the camera and the lid are securely fastened together.

  • Screw the lid with the camera attached onto the 2-liter plastic bottle. Once the lid is tightly screwed onto the bottle, the water in the bottle should support the camera and act as a reliable and sturdy stand.

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