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Remember the wonderful jewelry studio and photography set up of Outi, the Finnish jewelry artisan? She had a regular size tripod. As these tripods are impractical for workshops and parties, I actually have a small inexpensive 6" tall tabletop version (see picture below).

I don't use it as much as I should as I prefer to steady my elbows on the table or brace them on myself. The reason being, the camera is often still too high up to frame the shots I want to take. Tilting it down often results in instability.

So I was intrigued when I stumbled upon the ModoPocket made by Manfrotto, a well known photography equipment manufacturer. They call it the world's smallest tripod but that is not accurate. It doesn't have 3 legs but 4. Rather stubby ones at that.

What's impressive about the stand is it tilts down a camera just the way a jewelry artisan would want. It can tilt a camera up (below left) too for other kinds of shots. It can also be folded up when not in use to something about the size of a thick business card. Alternatively, you could just keep it on the camera permanently - unfolding the legs will only take seconds when you need to take a shot.

I wish I had seen this before getting my little tripod. You can buy the Modopocket at Adorama or other online retailers for $30. Also check with your local camera supply shops.

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  1. You found another cool thing Pearl!

  2. Awesome! I love that the camera looks like a little pet robot now.

  3. Thanks for sharing this cool find, Pearl!

    It looks like it's small enough to fit in the spare-battery pocket of my mini camera case. I'm big on reducing clutter, and I love nifty compact gadgets that have a lot of versatility.

    It could be handy in making videos as well.

  4. Nice quadpod. I have one of those small tripods and do just what you do, brace my elbows and hold my breath. I also set the camera for 10 sec delay so I can prepare.
    As an aside, I received my caliper that you recommended awhile ago and just love it. The difference with the digital read out is like a slide rule vs a calculator.

  5. Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this. I still have to set up a proper studio and a tripod was on my list of things to buy. Now I know what to get.

  6. What a nifty little stand. I love it; thanks for sharing!


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