Add a DIY Umbrella Holder to Your Tripod to Keep Gear Dry in the Rain

If you find yourself regularly shooting in the rain and in need of a better way to keep yourself and your gear dry, check out the tripod-mounted umbrella holder seen in the photo above. It keeps an umbrella fixed directly above you and your camera, allowing you give your full attention to photo-making. A quick trip to the hardware store will get you the ingredients you’ll need: a few brackets, a pipe to serve as the holder, and some nuts and bolts. Most of the components come together quite easily, but you’ll need some way to cut sections off your pipe.

Attaching an umbrella to your tripod can introduce some undesirable movement if there’s a lot of wind, but weighing down the tripod and keeping your hands on your camera can help keep it stable. To get started, head on over to Digital Camera World for the step-by-step tutorial.

Stay Dry with a Hands-free Umbrella Holder for Your Tripod [Digital Camera World via Reddit]

  • wickerprints

    I’ve done this before. It’s an excellent way to have your tripod blown over, sending your camera equipment crashing to the ground. Don’t do this unless you have, oh, 40 pounds of weights to hang from your tripod. It takes very, very little wind to send your gear flying, and even if it doesn’t, you might as well take the camera off and shoot handheld, due to the vibration.

    There’s a reason why manufacturers don’t sell brackets specifically made for this purpose. Because it’s a bad idea.

  • Erik Lauri Kulo

    That’s all well and good, but why the extremely awkward photograph?

  • rtfe

    isn’t this the entire point of an assistant??!!

  • DaftIdeas

    Undoubtedly one of the daftest ideas I’ve seen on a professional photography site, for all the reasons Wickerprints states.

  • jake

    dear petapixel, are u goin nuts with theese kind of instagram/diy-notworking/marriage-proposal-people-hunt/photo-related topics, or are u just testing our attention? an umbrella attached to the tripod? really petapixel? ;)

  • Olivier Du TrĂ©

    I totally agree!

  • Heie

    Or you could shoot with a Pentax

  • Photo Trail

    Don’t even think about taking a photo over 1/60 second with this windsock attached to your tripod. Or….it could be a real artsy long exposure.

  • Michael Russell

    I agree. This might as well be a sail.