I love to take photographs, but due to my disability, it gets difficult to hold a camera steady, particularly for any length of time. I've tried various tripods and other means of holding a camera, but nothing seemed to work very well, particularly when I need to use one hand to drive my wheelchair. Then I had this idea for a camera mount that could easily attach and be removed from a wheelchair, bike, or even someone's wrist. The first step I did was to draw a design for this concept, then I began looking for materials to make one myself.
This unique camera holder consist of a camera mount and a strap that can be attached to the frame of a wheelchair, bike, or even around someone's wrist like a cuff. For my particular purposes, I designed it for hooking to my wheelchair, though it would work just as well for many other uses. It holds the camera on the frame of the wheelchair allowing the camera to be held steady. It is also perfect for taking action shots, attaching easily to a bike or just about anything with handle-bars or something which you can attach the straps around.
This build requires the following materials.
1 Dollar-store tripod - (Look for a cheap tripod that you can remove the camera mount from. I choose a common dollar store model that uses a single screw to attach the legs to the camera mount.)
1 scrap piece of leather
4 VELCRO® strips or other fabric hook-and-loop fasteners( Recommend fabric hook-and-loop fasteners without glue backing if possible)
1 sheet of paper
Hot glue gun
Estimated build time: 20 min
Step 1: Step 1 Make a Template
The first step is to make a template of what you want the leather strap to look like. You may either print out the image below or make your own template on paper. (Note: you may have to enlarge the image for using as template.) Cut out the template from paper first to ensure that the straps you will be making for your camera mount is the right size for your purposes. The straps are adjustable, but ideally you don't want them too long or too short.
For my camera mount, I made the template into an "H" shape. The camera will mount in the center of the "H" with each of the straps extending from the center used to hold the camera in place. You may wish to make the straps longer or shorter depending upon what you wish to attach the camera to. For example, if you wish to strap the camera onto your wrist, measure how long the straps must be to go around your wrist such that VELCRO® on the straps may touch. If you plan to hook the mount to a wheelchair, make sure that your template's straps are long enough to wrap around the frame of the chair where you wish the camera to be mounted.
Please note, for my camera mount, I used two sets of straps. This alows the straps to attache easier to curved bars. However, you may be able to get away with a single strap cutting out a simple rectangle of leather.