Having an overhead camera rig can be useful for certain types of photography, including product shots, how-to images, and food photos. If you enjoy the challenge and joy of building your own equipment when you can, an overhead rig is another opportunity to do so. You can create one with some cheap materials and some basic workshop skills.
Darbin Orvar of Girl in a Shop has created an easy-to-follow 7-minute tutorial video on how to craft a do-it-yourself overhead camera rig:
The rig comprises a frame, an adjustable camera track that lets you raise/lower/move the camera, and paper roll holders in the back. It’s also lightweight and can be moved to different work surfaces as needed.