I don’t know about you, but I’ve found myself placing my camera onto stacks of boxes and books more times than I can count. Sometimes, the tripod’s not around when you need it, so you just have to work with what you’ve got. Well, if you’ve got a table lamp around, Peter McKinnon will show you how to turn it into a tripod. And it will literally take you only ten seconds to do it.
If you have a table lamp with a shade, something like this or this, take it. Now, take the shade off and you’ll reveal a thread at the top. Well, that thread is 1/4-20″ in most lamps (at least in the USA), which means that it will fit your camera perfectly! So, unscrew the shade from the lamp, screw your camera onto it, and there’s your “lampod.”
Now, most of us are stuck at home right now. Since we’re photographers, it means that we’re likely also stuck with our tripods and all other gear. However, I am not staying at my home during the quarantine. I only brought the essentials to where I’m staying right now: my camera with one lens, a Lumiee, and a wireless remote. So, all I can do is improvise. If you’re in a similar situation, or you don’t have a tripod around for whichever reason, this is a pretty cool “hack” that you can try.
If you have more time on your hands, check out this “lazy photographer’s overhead rig.” Although, I’d say it’s creative rather than lazy. :)
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