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A tripod is the most common way to stabilize a camera. But there are a few situations where a regular tripod is very impractical. Most cameras can’t get very close to the surface that they stand on. It is also difficult to get pictures straight down without getting the tripod’s legs in the shot. There are also a lot of areas where you just can’t set up a regular tripod such as under the hood of a car. So to solve these problems, you can use an articulated camera stand.

In this project, I show you how to make a small table top articulated camera stand from a desk lamp and a few piece of scrap wood. This lets you get pictures from any height and just about any angle. Its a great tool for documenting your DIY projects.

Here’s the full build on MAKE:Projects¬†and on Instructables.

See the full series here.

Jason Poel Smith

My name is Jason Poel Smith. I have an undergraduate degree in Engineering that is 50% Mechanical Engineering and 50% Electrical Engineering. I have worked in a variety of industries from hydraulic aerial lifts to aircraft tooling. I currently spend most of my time chasing around my new baby. In my spare time I make the how-to series “DIY Hacks and How Tos.”


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  1. Trav says:

    I was contemplating this exact thing the other day. Looking at my swing arm lamp that I seldom use, thinking how I can mount a camera and LED lights on it. I thought it would be great to record dis-assembly of items on a workbench for re-assembly later. Then I went overboard in the thought process trying to figure out how to motorize it with servos or such to give it a robotic arm type action. KISS and just build it.