January 23, 2008

Travel Photography Tip: String Monopod
Lima, Peru

In idealistic low-light situations, a tripod or monopod is used with a camera to reduce or eliminate image blur; however, the majority of travelers are without such equipment handy. But there's a simple solution—an old photographer's trick to getting clearer snapshots while using slower shutter speeds—and it's called a 'string monopod'.

String monopods take up next to no space, are hard to break, cheap and easy to make, and require no tools. They're perfect for the space-conscious backpacker who can't travel with a tripod, and can be particularly useful for any photographer found in places where tripods aren't allowed (such as museums).

The device is best described as a looped cord that's anchored to both your foot and the camera. The tension, combined with tucked elbows and good breathing technique, keeps the frame steadier than holding the camera freehand. The same method can also be adapted to work as a bipod (even more stable) or a tripod (which is very stable, but slightly time consuming to set up).

I found an excellent step-by-step tutorial at instructables.com that outlines exactly how to make and use a string monopod (bipod, or tripod). It can be referenced at http://www.instructables.com/id/S7JW49GF0ZSTF1W/.

Happy snapping.

Comments:

Tressa

January 24th, 2008

Or for the lazy or uneven surfaces, there's the GorillaPod - http://www.joby.com - I got one for Xmas :)

Peru

Craig | travelvice.com

January 24th, 2008

Yes, that little fellow is the #1 item on my wish list that I'll be ordering next time I pass through the U.S.

Richard

September 9th, 2009

A string monopod. Now I have seen everything. It makes sense, but string is possibly the last thing I would ever have thought using to keep my camera still :)

India

the destination india

September 3rd, 2010

as a wildlife photographer ,i found this writing gud particularly when clicking insects and other small creatures who normally sits on small bushes for longer durations.

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