Apple’s iPhone has a great point-and-shoot digital camera built-in. If you are an iPhone user, for day-to-day photography, you won’t even miss not having your camera. But there’s one thing Apple really needs to improve – image stabilization. If your hands are shaky or you’re trying to capture something in lower light, holding your iPhone in your hands often results in a blurry image. Carrying around a tripod for your iPhone isn’t practical, but there are other ways to get the equivalent of an iPhone tripod and a Steadicam for image stabilization all rolled into one. My personal favorite method is the DIY iPhone bottlecap tripod, combined with an iPhone case with built-in tripod mounting threads. Scroll past the photo to see how you can make your own.
As you can see in the photo above, the DIY iPhone bottlecap tripod is made from a standard soda bottle cap, combined with some hardware available at any Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, or other hardware store in your area. For the iPhone case, I opted for the Canopy Jumba, but any case with threads for a tripod will work just as well. A 20 oz. soda bottle cap or water bottle cap will work on virtually any other bottle, so pick your favorite beverage and get started creating your own iPhone tripod from the bottle cap.
Here’s how to make bottle cap tripod and Steadicam mounts for your own bottle:
- 1 1/4-inch Stainless steel washer
- 1 1/4-20×1 1/2-inch stainless steel pan head machine screw
- 1 1/4-20 Bar Knob
- 1 1/4-20 stainless steel lock nut
- 1 lid from a 20oz bottle
- Drill with 1/4-inch bit
All parts for the project were purchased at Lowes. Total cost of tripod parts is $3.37 (excluding Mountain Dew).
You can also use the DIY bottle cap tripod for digital camera hardware and the Flip video camera.