I need an overhead camera rig
I like to take photos and videos when I am working on different creative projects. I have been using a small tripod standing on stacked boxes, which does work fine. I feel I want something more permanent and easy to use.
My current tripod takes time to set up and i have to keep walking around the desk to check the screen. It is difficult to set up the shot and focus. Plus it takes up a lot of space on my desk and when I need to tidy it away, it takes awhile to get back into the right space. I wobbles and sometimes tips over.
What rigs are available to buy?
I don't really have the money to spend on a camera rig. Plus the overhead camera rig I would buy is $199 and I can not find a stockist in the UK. I would then need to buy the accessories just to be able to start using it.
There are lots of DIY overhead camera rig designs online.
I like the designs which stand over the desk rather than on the floor.
What do I want from a camera rig?
- Easy to use
- Minimum setup time
- easy to access phone screen while filming
- small footprint
- allows me to work freely
- built from materials I already have
- works without accessories
- accessories can be added in the future
I have decided I would like two overhead beams so that I have more lighting and camera placement options. Plus I feel this would make the overhead camera rig sturdier.
I am going to build the camera rig out of cardboard, paper and pva glue. So I need to create each of the design element blocks with stacked cardboard which will be wrapped with paper and pva glue in a form of papier-mache.
- PVA glue mixed with 1/3 water
- Masking tape
- Craft knife
- Tape measure
- Pot for glue and old paint brush
How to build an overhead camera rig out of cardboard, paper and PVA glue