Creating your own portable equipment not only saves you on equipment expenses, it also allows you to create equipment that you can specifically use for your particular camera or needs. One of the most valuable pieces of portable equipment that you can make is a portable camera mount.
Camera mounts allow you to set up your camera anywhere that you need it. You simply have to press the shutter release button. Camera mounts keep your camera steady, and it allows you to raise the camera up to the optimum location.
You have many options for creating portable camera mounts. One of the easiest ways to make a camera mount is to take a piece of plexiglass, and solder it to three or four PVC pipes. You need to flatten both ends of the PVC piping so that it sits correctly on the ground and so that they fit snugly against the platform.
You can shave the ends using a piece of sandpaper or an electric sander. If the piping won’t stand up correctly, cut out round sections of the plexiglass itself, and hot glue these bases to the feet of the piping. While you can simply place your camera on the plexiglass itself, you can also add suction cups to the plexiglass, which ensures that your camera won’t slide off of your mount.
You can use a similar type of plexiglass camera mount, and secure it to the dashboard of your car. This is a great way to capture video images, especially if you plan on taking any type of high-speed chase photography. You will need to clamp the camera securely to the plexiglass plate so you may want to invest in some type of C or Bogen clamp for this job.
Generally, these projects will cost you between $20 and $30, which is a whole lot less than standard camera mounts.