Do-It-Yourself Ground Pod

Uploaded by snapify on 17.05.2009

A ground tripod or ground pod provides a stable platform for your camera
so you can not only work close to the ground but in other ways as well.
My ground pod only cost a few dollars to make.
I'll show you how easy it is to make one of your own
and give you some ideas on how it can increase the versatility to your shooting.
I made my ground pod from a scrap piece of 3/4" plywood
which I cut into a triangular shape with rounded corners.
Each corner has a hole drilled so I could drive screws through to attach the feet
which were also glued in place.
The feet are simply short lengths of 1" diameter wood dowel rod
you can get at any home center.
Slide some rubber furniture leg tips over the wooden feet
and you have a good solid platform ready to go.
I drilled a 3/8" hole off center in the platform.
Through this goes a 3/8" bolt and washer to which I can attach a ball head.
It's off center so that when I mount the camera and a potentially heavy lens,
I can keep the center of gravity within the bounds of the triangle
even when I flip the camera over for vertical orientation.
This ground pod is compact, lightweight, and easily fits into a knapsack.
The wooden construction dampens vibrations effectively,
particularly useful for long lens shots.
The ground pod can obviously be used low to the ground for all kinds of shooting.
Because of the rubber feet, it can also be placed on top of your car hood or roof
without damaging the finish if you're careful.
Press the ground pod up against a wall or tree to get some added stability.
Consider making your own ground pod
and let your imagination loose the next time you're out shooting.