02 Jun DIY Garden Camera: How to Make a Magnetic Tripod for Your Phone
Lately we’ve been shooting less with our big camera and more with our smartphones. I’ve even recently photographed entire blog posts without breaking out the DSLR — something I wouldn’t have dreamed of even two years ago. Today, the rear camera on the iPhone 6s shoots at 12 megapixels, impressive enough that it’s hard to tell the difference, especially in bright conditions. We won’t be retiring our 50 megapixel Nikon D800 anytime soon (nothing can replace the manual controls, long exposure, zoom, ISO boost, and enlargement capability), but it’s nice to go light on occasion.
If only we could easily mount our iPhones to a tripod…
Back in November, I stumbled upon a mini tripod and a large rubble aloe at an estate sale in the neighborhood. I walked out with both for $10. (Score.) I envisioned being able to use the mini tripod to do time-lapse photography in our garden beds with our iPhones. Except I had to find some way to mount the phone. The tripod’s thumbscrew wouldn’t screw into the iPhone, so an adapter was needed. A magnet mount (the same one we use in our car) was the solution.
Our magnetic phone tripod has become one of our favorite photography gadgets in our garden and for when we travel. We move our phones between the tripod and the car mounts seamlessly. It’s perfect for capturing blooms in time-lapse in your garden. It’s the best way for taking a timed selfie with your plants (without the strained arm). We love that it can be set up low in your garden bed to capture plants.
At the time of this post, we can’t find any other magnet mount, telescoping iPhone tripods on the market. So, here’s how to make your own!
DIY Magnetic Phone Tripod
Tools and supplies:
- 42″ Extendable Travel Tripod
- Magnetic car dashboard mount (metal plate for back of phone included)
- 1/4 inch drill bit
- 1/4 inch nut
- Piece of scrap wood
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