Six cheap DIY rigs to raise your smartphone shots to a ninja level

May 21, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Six cheap DIY rigs to raise your smartphone shots to a ninja level

May 21, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Smartphone cameras are now advanced enough to give us many possibilities for shooting photos and videos. But with some tricks and DIY magic, you can make your work much, much better without spending lots of money. In this video, COOPH brings you a selection of their six best DIY rigs for smartphone photography and video. They’re affordable, easy to make, and they’ll help you add a new dimension to your smartphone shots.

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  1. DIY gimbal

This is by far the most interesting idea for a DIY gimbal that I’ve seen. You’ll need three cans, a paint roller, a mop head, a rubber band, and of course – some duct tape. If someone ever asked me to find a connection between canned legumes, a paint roller and a mop, I would be utterly confused. But it looks like they form a pretty epic DIY gimbal when combined. How great is that?

  1. DIY timelapse rig

For this one, you’ll need some thick cardboard, an egg timer and a bit of double sided tape and glue to bring them together. You’ll need to cut the frame from your phone out of cardboard, stick it to the egg timer, and voila – you’ve got yourself a DIY timelapse rig.

  1. DIY stabilizer

You will need some tools for this one: a hammer and a screwdriver. And yeah, that’s basically it. Your tools will become a DIY stabilizer after connecting them with one rubber band and using one more to attach your phone.

  1. DIY automated slider

For this rig, you’ll need a toy with wheels, some string, double-sided tape, and let’s not forget the good old duct tape. Remember that egg timer? You’ll need that too. Bringing all these pieces together will give you an automated slider great for shooting timelapse.

  1. DIY spinning rig

This is quite a simple trick, just be careful that you secure everything in place. You’ll need a wooden block, a drill, and some duct tape. Drill halfway through the wooden block, tape your phone onto it, and there’s your DIY spinning rig.

  1. DIY Gorillapod

Get some wire, a screw, and a binder clip. And duct tape, don’t forget the duct tape! Bring these together for a cool little DIY “Gorillapod”, perfect for self-portraits or long exposure shots.

Do you need any of these gadgets? Prepare the materials and tools, and make sure to watch the video to see how each of them is made. They’re all pretty simple to build, and they’ll help you raise your smartphone shots to a higher level. Not to mention that building these will help you kill some time if you’re still in isolation. :)

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Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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