A tripod is usually the best way to take a steady picture. But there are a lot of times when a tripod isn't convenient to use. One alternative is to mount your camera on an articulated arm that is mounted off to one side. This will still hold your camera steady but it will be able to get angles that would be impossible for a tripod. 

Step 1: Select an Articulated Lamp

The easiest way to make an articulated camera stand is to modify an articulated desk lamp. The best style of lamp for this application is one that has two sets of parallel arms. A flexible gooseneck lamp can work but they aren't able to support heavy cameras as well. 
<p>You can also mount a flashlight torch on it, Which would be similar to an Instructable I've made on how to mount a flashlightbonto a gorillapod tripod but this could be even better!</p>
Awesome!!!<br>I foundbone of these lamps on the street and I will make one soon
Found one*
Owesome..tnx to author. :D
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I want do it !
I like the idea!!
Very simple to implement and quite useful too. Additionally your instructable was over well put together.<br><br>Excellent job!
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Excellent idea! I've used this arm:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AF6MFX4/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AF6MFX4/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1</a><br> <br> (with the iPad holder removed) to hold webcams for my 3D printers. I think I'll get another one for still photos.
sweet- just what i've been needing for super-macro product photos <br>thank you
how can i make this for a DSLR?
That depends on how heavy your camera is. For a light DSLR, it might be possible to use this same design and really tighten each joint. It also helps if the lamp has springs that support each joint. <br><br>But if your camera is just too heavy for a lamp stand, then you might need to build your own articulated stand that is strong enough to handle it. You can follow the same design. Just use sturdier parts.

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