The commercially-made equivalent is an effective device, but at over $1000, it's well out of the reach of most hobbyists, me included. So I decided to make my own with parts I had at home.
Step 1: The Parts You'll Need
1. Laptop-type Backpack - The type that has a separate sleeve area for a laptop. Mine's an STM.
2. Straight pole - salvaged from a kid's wading pool.
3. Curved pole - Salvaged from the same pool.
4. Base section - Piece of wood roughly the same size as a laptop.
5. 2 x Hoop Brackets and screws - Same diameter as the straight pole
6. 1 x Threaded hook.
7. Some type of strap to hold your camera - Mine was salvaged from a old babckpack.
- Hook packing. I've used old bike innertubing.
- Pipe joiner bolt. Not needed if you use a one-piece pipe
Step 2: Building the Overhead Camera Support
1. Attach straight pole to board using the hoop brackets. You may need to put some packing under the bracket to ensure a tight fit.
2. Drill and attach the camera hook to the end of the curved pole.
3. Attach the curved pole to the straight pole.
4. Slide the Rig into the backpack and zip up.
5. Put on the backpack and adjust.
6. Attach the strap to camera.
7. Attach the camera to the hook and adjust if needed.
Use and enjoy!
Step 3: Using the Rig
This rig is really designed for static shooting and I found it bounced when I walked. But that wouldn't be any different on the commercial version. The main difference between built and bought is that you have to manually adjust the height of the camera, but that's no real hassle when you consider the price advantage.
The Homemade Overhead Camera Support is great for extended shooting without a tripod, and is far more portable.
My rig is shown here next to the commercially-available version. Hope you enjoyed this Instructable.