This is my entry into the Photojojo contest. If you like it, please vote.

Tripods are big, bulky, expensive, and often inconvenient pieces of equipment that, unfortunately, are a necessity for taking great photos. Here I will instruct you on how to create a super-simple, pocket-sized camera steadying device (tripod).

Step 1: Materials

Really easy. These can be carried in any pocket, anywhere, and through any TSA checkpoint.
By the way, TSA does not stand for Transportation Security Administration, but rather Thousands Standing Around.

  • About 4 feet of string or other cordage
  • 1 carabiner
  • Pants with a belt loop
  • A camera in need of steadying
A very simple and effective way to stabilize a camera, with important difference.<br>I'love to vote for your intsructable, but I can't seem to fin the right contest entry. Any help on this?<br>-.
ohmygod!!!! thank you so much!!! ive always had really shaky hands and can never take a good picture without 20 trys, this is exceptionaly easy,and it costs no money to me because i have all the supplies i need around my house!!!!!! thanks again, loved how thourough you where and appreciated it very much!!!!
one of the best instructables I've come across, well done!<br />
try using a lighter on the knot and and also the end to prevent fraying
nice laptop.
Nice, except that I don't always have belt loops. Also, the string makes a noise in the microphone when shooting AVI's. Wish I had a remote microphone connector.
If you don't have a belt loop, I suppose you could use a longer piece of string and loop it around your foot. To solve the issue of the noise, you could try some tape or other adhesive to keep the cord in place. Best of luck :-)
It's a low cost solution to stabilize a 'digi' when you are getting old like me :)<br/><br/>I also saw this article on the same subject recently:<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.xs4all.nl/~wiskerke/artikelen/string.html">http://www.xs4all.nl/~wiskerke/artikelen/string.html</a><br/><br/>Personally, I prefer VR (vibration reduction) either built into the camera (Cannon) body or (Nikon) the lens - but in poor light without a tripod I guess it's a neat way of avoiding the shakes ;) <br/><br/>I hope you win........<br/>
Cool. Thanks!
Cool. An alternative would be stretching the lanyard of the camera (the string you use to hang camera on your neck) to the full to stabilize the camera while shooting.
Good idea!
Very nice! I would recommend 2 carabiners so that you could clip it to a pole or bench or something like that
Thanks. Thats a great idea and it makes you look a little less stupid using this :)
It's an old photographers trick, well worth presenting to folks who haven't seen it before. Last I saw it used, was with an 1/4"-20 eyebolt (camera tripod screws have a 1/4"-20 thread, so an eyebolt in that thread will screw into the tripod socket on the bottom of the camera). And rather than clipping it to his belt, the guy simply used a cord long enough that he could stand on it.
I wanted to do this one without the bolt because I never have one of those bolts around the house, and this can be done on the go, say, on vacation.
Awesome! I like the same thing Zach likes-- how it doesn't use the screw. Great job, this could really come in handy. +1 vote. And rating.
Thanks Gorillaz!
see also: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instructables.com/id/String-Tripod/">String Tripod</a><br/>-an Instructable added Apr 28, 2007<br/>
Heh, I like how it doesn't require me to run out and buy the screw that fits the bottom of the camera!<br/><br/>I've done this in the past by hooking the strap around some protrusion on my clothing: ie. a button.<br/>Problem is, you look *really* stupid.<br/>
Hah, I can never find those around my house either and it;s really maddening. You could clip the carabiner to something other than yourself, say, a park bench, to lessen the stupidity factor.
Yeah, but I came up w/ that impromptu, there wasn't anything else. Also, it led to slightly-tilted photos, as the force was on the corner.

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