We love being able to use our phones to record the stories of our loved ones, but at least some of us on the Tell History team suffer from a serious case of shaky hand (ok, it’s me). Recently we had a holiday weekend and I really wanted to capture some histories while people were relaxed in a reflective frame of mind.
Of course, I had forgotten to bring a tripod! Not wanting to give everyone watching a case of seasickness, I was sure we could find a DIY option. Let me present you with the easiest, cheapest tripod you’ll be able to make and use in the next 10 minutes!
WikiHow – How to make an instant phone tripod
You can find some very straightforward step-by-step instructions at the link above. Having finally located some scissors and the top of a furniture polish can, I made a serious error: Worried about scratching my phone I cut the slots too big.
Round two , this time with an aerosol oven cleaner lid, I took the time to measure. I also lightly sanded the edges so my phone scratching worry wouldn’t play out too much.
The result? Well – I’ll admit to being pretty paranoid about the stability with the water bottle addition. However, When put on top of a stack of books/boardgames/on top of a large saucepan I found a stable base and a much less shaky recording than if I hadn’t used the DIY. However, there can be still a reasonable amount of shake if the table surface was nudged.
Over to you… do you use a tripod? have any good DIY tips for those in need?