Camera Mouth Holder

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Introduction: Camera Mouth Holder

About: So many things to learn and make, so little time! I like things that are cool, useful, efficient, well crafted.

Ever wanted a 3rd hand to take pictures of yourself doing an instructable step ?

Either you don't have 3 hands (like me), nor a tripod (which can be unpractical in some cases). Asking friends for help until you're satisfied with the shot will surely strain their patience.

This mouth handle will allow you to take point-of-view pictures and let your both hands free.

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Step 1: Build It

You will need:
- 1 wood stick
- 1 quite short screw fitting your camera tripod fixation point
- some washers

Steps:
- determine the length from the mouth end to the screw. Approx 7 inches.
- drill a hole for the screw
- use washers to adjust the length: the screw should enter into the camera for about 2 turns only

Step 2: Fix It

Fix it to the camera.

Step 3: Use It

You should use your camera with a strap.

1. Setup your camera, shoot with timer
2. Bite firmly, put your hands in position
3. Wait... 10 seconds can seem a long time...

Step 4: Future

Possible improvements: A stick standing on the chest, to increase stability.

Warning: with the years, your jaw muscles will look like Schwarzie's !

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    26 Discussions

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    ayanm10
    ayanm10

    3 years ago

    You can add one more stick that will be perpendicular to your original one directed towards your chest/abdomen which will bear most of the weight of camera

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    GRUBDUDE
    GRUBDUDE

    3 years ago

    I went trying to make something like this with some of that tough snake arm stuff, and wrap the snake around my neck and position it around that method. I couldn't find any decent snake pipe. This is a good alternative, though I need to talk when I film - haha. :D

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    lime3D
    lime3D

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Excellent idea. And yes, I have wished I had a third hand to take instructable photos!

    After reading this, I remembered that I had a little 'dollar store' tripod in my camera bag. I stuck my camera on it, shortened up the neck strap, and rested it on my chest. Worked great.

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    Kryptonite
    Kryptonite

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice! I'd have to find a way to trigger it with my tongue though, because my camera doesn't have a timer.

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    Lokisgodhi
    Lokisgodhi

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I'd suggest that a piece of polyethylene rod would be more sanitary and last a lot longer.

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    l8nite
    l8nite

    10 years ago on Introduction

    great idea but my jaw hurts just thinking about it!

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Fantastic. Like holding solder in your teeth, except I tend to drool on it... L

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    A few times years ago, but not by holding things in my teeth. L

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    No, but I leave it in the container. L

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    siklosi
    siklosi

    10 years ago on Introduction

    What about holding with your mouth Nikon D3 with Sigma 50-500 :)

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    Keeter
    Keeter

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I would suggest the same as caitlinsdad said, and use something that goes around your neck, like the harmonica holders. And taking a picture of both your hands is cool, but the fact that you took a picture of yourself, while taking a picture of yourself, now that's impressive :P

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    luvit
    luvit

    10 years ago on Introduction

    don't run around the house with that in your mouth or i'll take it away from you.

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    puffyfluff
    puffyfluff

    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great idea. An external shutter button would be helpful, though. As Kanein Encanto suggested below, a modified tongue trigger may be helpful, and with that, it may be helpful to use jaysbob's idea of the wider an thinner board.

    I'll have to make one of these one day...

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    jaysbob
    jaysbob

    10 years ago on Introduction

    great idea! a wider thinner piece of wood seems like it might be more comfortable to chomp on. At least so you can utilize your wider flatter molars in back to provide a more stable and even clamping force than just your thin front teeth. depending on how heavy your camera is this could also negate the need for a chest stabilizer. May also be a good idea to make sure your using untreated wood, reduces the chance of getting some kind of weird chemical poisoning. probably doesn't matter either way though. sounds like this was just made with materials on hand though, and for that its an awesome proof of concept!

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    Kanein Encanto

    Something to check: If the camera can have a cable release switch attached, find a way to secure it so maybe you can press on a modified cable release switch with your tongue or if it's a tougher switch, additional pressure from clenching your jaw...if you can do that... maybe it would be a little easier to use than holding the rig for ten seconds.... not to mention re-taking a shot would be easier maybe too. :)