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Waist Level Finder peripheral for a compact digital camera - Street photography! Answered

Posting to here and cross-posting to Photography! Hoping someone can help.

I'll be traveling to Japan in a month, and I have a simple point and click digital camera. I was hoping to get some candid street shots as well as in the stores/etc but I've heard people get a little nervous when foreigners are running around photographing stuff. I was researching ways to be a little more inconspicuous with getting photographs and one of the ways I found was a waist level finder. Basically, you can take photographs from your waist, and there's a little screen that points upwards to let you see what you're shooting.


Basically I was wondering if anyone had any ideas how to build one of these things that I could attach to a point and click camera? I imagine it'd be pretty ghetto, like cardboard and mirrors and tape haha. Any ideas would be much appreciated, thanks!



7 years ago

A small box with a mirror mounted at 45 degrees and an open front might do it but it could make focussing an issue.

If your compact camera is small enough, another way would be to wrap a gorilla-pod around your belt and set the camera to auto-focus and use the timer to take the shot; just make sure the flash is also turned off :)

If you want to make a project out of it, make a fake ipod-esque camo case for around your neck with an adjustable length neck-band.


7 years ago

Just use a cell phone with a decent camera.