Intro: How to Make a Camera Support System From a Child's Skate.
After my shoulder surgery I realized that i need it some sort of device to hold my camera. I was shooting sports so a tripod was out of the question.
To make things worse it was my right shoulder that was injured ( 98% of the cameras manufactured are design for right handed people.)
Anyway I started to look at photo catalogs for a solution. Mainly what I found was that I would have to spend $200 to $300 for a shoulder mount support, so I decided to see If I could make my own .
Step 1: Teardown
A kid's skate
A flash bracket (Preferably Metal)
A few bolts to hold everything together
Tripod head parts
A wired remote control (the only item I bought about $28.00)
The first step was to remove the wheels
Using a power drill I remove the rivets from the toe portion of the skate.
Step 2: Building
Next step we will insert a flash bracket that will serve two purposes.
It will be a handle and a base for the tripod head .
The flash bracket fit were the wheels were and it was secure with some bolts.
I secure parts from a minii tripod to the flash bracket.
I filled the heel part of the skate with foam and added a sock to hold it together.
The remote was held in place with a Velcro strap.
This turn out to work better than expected I was able to follow the action and shoot using only my left hand.
I like it enough that I think I will be using it after i get my right hand back.
Finalist in the
Digital Days Photo Contest