How Does a String Tripod Work?
As stated in the teaser, camera shake is the nemesis of many photographers, yet the traditional solution of a tripod is often too much of a bother for many photographers. Tripods are often bulky, require an elaborate set up, and are extremely conspicuous, all of which require a change in photographing style that many aren't too keen on.
Here's where the string tripod comes in, one of many tripod alternatives.
For starters, the name is a bit of a misnomer. The string tripod is really just a string, on one end a large washer, and on the other is a screw attached to your camera's tripod mount. Holding onto the camera, one drops the washer end down and steps on it, pulling the string taut. Most camera shake, being vertical, is thus eliminated in one smooth, easy motion. The string tripod can be easily carried in a pocket, or even just remain attached to your camera for greater convenience. It's also quite inconspicuous, the movement being a quick one, and the knickknack itself being small and near invisible.
The advantages are numerous, and it's quick enough to make that there's really no harm in trying.