A review I’m doing requires a shot of the product from above. This is hard to do with a regular tripod like I have. I’m not exactly sure what you call the device for holding a camera so you can get a shot from above, but I found that sometimes they call it a copy stand because you use it to copy photographs.
There are fancy tripods with boom arms and at some point I’ll either buy one or make something similar. Right now I needed the picture. So, I grabbed some pine scraps from my lumber rack, measured the height I wanted the camera to be above the table, and made some simple T-shaped legs. I used a 1×4 to connect the legs and drilled a 5/16″ hole in the middle for the 1/4-20 bolt that would hold the camera.
All told, it probably took me longer to write this post (and process the photos) than it took me to make the copy stand. Knowing that I’m kicking myself that I didn’t make one earlier. It would have made photographing many of my projects a whole lot easier.