We’ve run into some cool ideas over the years — most of them involving a new way of taking photos or an interesting mix of established photography techniques — but Hong Sung Chul‘s work with photographs printed onto string is definitely different, if not unique. His choice of medium is said to represent our human connection to our mothers through an umbilical cord.
You’ve likely seen this DIY trick before, but it doesn’t hurt to share this for those who haven’t. Instead of carrying around a tripod or monopod, you can easily stabilize your camera using a washer, some string, and a bolt. It’s a cheap and easy stabilizer that you can carry around with you in your camera bag for those moments when you wish you had a steadier hand.
The SteadePod is a fancy new camera stabilizer that aims to replace heavy and burdensome tripods for casual, walk-around use. “Fancy” is relative, since this gadget is pretty much a glorified string “tripod” that you can make yourself for about $1. You simply extend the string, step on it, pull up, and use the string tension to stabilize your camera.
So what does the SteadePod do that a simple string stabilizer can’t? It’s retractable, swivels for portrait and landscape flexibility, and can be locked at different lengths. These fancy features will set you back a mere £29.99 ($44). If that’s a bit steep for you, a DIY $1 version should do just fine.