Here are a couple of ways to make a pod (mono- and tri-) for very little money! From Lifehacker:
Monopods are a great way to help stabilize your camera without carrying around a bulky piece of equipment. A good one can be expensive, but you can build one yourself and save a bunch of money.
DIY magazine MAKE offers a quick solution that you can make out of a broom handle. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Broom handle, or 1″-diameter wood dowel
- Hex nut, ¼”-20 thread
- Hanger bolt, ¼”-20 thread
- Spiral nail, 8″
You’ll also need some basic tools like a saw, electric drill, hammer, wrench, and sandpaper. This may seem like a lot for a little monopod, but the project should be pretty easy. All you’re really doing is mounting a threaded screw on a broom handle so you can easily attach your camera and stabilize it while you shoot. If you’ve got the tools handy, you should be able to knock this one out pretty fast.
World’s Cheapest Monopod | MAKE Projects
Alternatively, this string “tripod” is a cheaper and smaller solution that requires less work (although it’s likely to be less effective):
A do-it-yourselfer at Instructables shows you how to create a “string tripod” for your camera using about five dollars’ worth of materials.
This “old photographer’s trick” involves connecting a cord to your camera and then looping it around your foot (or feet) for tripod-like stabilization. (It’s not quite as good as the real thing, he notes, but much better than your shaky hands.) All you need is the proper-size stainless steel eyehook and a length of nylon or poly cord—parts available at the local hardware store for around $5. The author shows you how to do everything, from connecting the cord to the hook to actually using the contraption as a monopod, bipod and tripod. Sounds like the perfect accessory to toss in your bag. In the meantime, check out another way-cool DIY tripod. — Rick Broida