The Easy Tripod to Reflector Holder Conversion
This is another fun project from the factory of reader Jerry Hamby.
It is a reflector holder from a $9.99 tripod, a 3ft long piece of PVC pipe, an elbow to fit, and a small clamp. (The Tripod is 9.99$ on July 26th on Amazon, but I bet similar tripods are always on sale somewhere). Like the previous project from Jerry, the Green Bean Hair Light, it’s a short and fun project, and you don’t have to make it in whole, if you like the idea, you can expand it to things other the tripods…
Needed parts are a tripod, a PVC pipe, a PVC elbow to match, a small clamp and a 3/16 bolt and wing nut.
The first step is to glue the elbow to the end of the PVC pipe and cut off the bottom 1/4 to 1/3 of the elbow with a hacksaw. This will provide a very flat bottom surface.
Then drill a hole though the PVC and the plate of the tripod. Thread the 3/16 bolt through both the PVC elbow and the tripod plate. Now use the wing nut to tighten the bolt to the plate and elbow. This makes it easy to remove the reflector holder from the tripod plate. See the closeup below for details.
To hold the reflector, place a small clamp on the top end. Attach the clamp to the pipe with a small bolt. You are done. See the image below for full details.
The tripod can tip the reflector up or down and elevate the reflector. In the picture you can see the reflector that Jerry uses – he always uses a 34″ round reflector, so the post can be permanent. But, if you have several reflectors you can drill holes and place the clamp at different locations each time.
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Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.