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ShoeBlade writes –

This is an old photographers trick. Sometimes referred to as a string tripod or string bipod or string monopod. Also known as a chain tripod, bipod, etc… This device is used to stabilize a camera in order to get clearer pictures at a slow shutter speed. The advantages to a string tripod vs a regular tripod include its cheap price and pocket size. With more and more digital cameras coming out with vibration reduction or image stabilization systems, the string tripod has a new life.

Since image stabilization systems work best with rotational vibration, translational vibration can still create blurry pictures. By restraining the up-down left-right and back-front axis, you can lessen this vibration. Of course this technique also works well with non image stabilization systems.

instructables : String Tripod – Link.

Related:

  • HOW TO – Build a panoramic tripod head for $10 – Link.
  • DIY iSight Tripod Mount – Link.
  • DIY Sony DSC-7 “tripod” – Link.
  • The Monkey Arm – DIY Clamp tripod – Link.
  • The Cellpod, a cell phone tripod – Link.

From the pages of MAKE:
Make 597
$14 Video Camera Stabilizer. MAKE 01 – page 84. You don’t have $10,000 to spend on a Steadicam? Make this ultra-low-cost video camera stabilizer and see how much better your video shots turn out. Subscribers–read this article now in your digital edition or get MAKE 01 @ the Maker store.