My phone is by far the quickest and easiest camera for making web quality videos, but there are surprisingly few phone tripods on the market. I wanted a mount which I could easily adjust and put right by my face as I work, to get perfect POV shots. I can keep one eye on the screen and one on my hands, to make sure they stay in the frame and in focus. The footage shows the pop-up being made as you would see it, which makes it easier to follow.
Possibly, if I'd spent lots of time looking, and lots of money to buy and ship it, I could have found a ready-made solution manufactured half way around the world. Instead, I rummaged through my recycling bin and my pile of lamp parts (collected while walking my dog on garbage day), and rigged this up in about 15 minutes. A quick and dirty job. It might not be pretty, but it was free and works like a dream.
Step 1: Materials & Tools
A weighted lamp base
A gooseneck pipe (24" is ideal)
A fixture crossbar (for attaching the gooseneck to the lamp base)
A tin can (14 fluid oz or 414 ml)
A pipe flange with a female threaded hole or a hickey to attach the gooseneck pipe to the tin can
A couple nuts and bolts (for attaching the hickey or flange to the tin can)
A rubber band
The only tool you'll need is a drill to make small holes in the tin can where you will be attaching the flange or hickey.
NOTE: you can also skip most of this and just use an existing adjustable table lamp, as long as it's strong enough to hold the weight of a phone.
Step 2: Assembly
To attach the tin can, drill small holes towards the middle of the can, where you will be bolting your flange or hickey (a flange is better, but I used a hickey because that's what I had on hand). Use your nuts and bolts to attach the can to the flange, then screw the whole thing onto your gooseneck pipe.
NOTE: Theoretically you could also skip the flange, drill a slightly bigger hole, and attach the tin can directly to the gooseneck pipe with a nut on the inside of the can. I chose not to do that because I was worried that it would stick out too much inside and might get in the way of the camera, but I'm sure it could work too.
Step 3: Use
To adjust the lamp, make sure you hold the top of the gooseneck pipe and NOT the tin can, or you might bend the tin.