inexpensive tabletop camera support
The support shown here for table top photography was designed to
provide a rigid camera support that would allow photgraphing my
hands while they were, e.g., tying a knot or demonstrating the use of a
tool, while allowing me at the same time to monitor the proceedings in
the LCD viewer of my camera. It replaces the design presented in Simple inexpensive tabletop camera support.
This better design is more rigid and robust, easier to position
and fasten on a table edge, and less likely to damage a fine
table. I used 1/4-20
jig fixtures from Lee Valley
for the round-knob bolt fastening the ball head to the boom, and
for the knobs on the bolts fastening the aluminum boom to the wooden
block. The only power tool used in the fabrication of the tabletop
camera support was an electric hand drill.
The middle board of the three boards that make up the wooden base
block. The C-clamp will be embedded in epoxy in the cutout in the
The three boards glued up and shaped to form the wooden base block for
the camera boom support.
Test insertion of the C-clamp. It will be epoxied in place when the
wooden base block is finished.
The wooden base block for the tabletop camera boom support finished,
with the C-clamp epoxied in place and aluminum camera boom
attached. Note the
green felt on the bottom of the wooden base block.
Close up of the base of the completed tabletop camera support boom
clamped to table.
Complete tabletop camera support boom, with Manfrotto 486RC2 ball head
and quick release attached.