Paint Pole Camera Mount
by Davecc, published
This is an adjustable camera mount for an ordinary paint pole. The pole is used to get your camera up high above the ground without kites, balloons, or expensive toy helicopters. All for the cost of less then five dollars! This will allow you to take photos easily at a height you cannot reach. The photo of the Mini Cooper shows the difference between a eye level shot on the street and the second shot using the paint pole camera mount. The camera is a small hand held digital with a ten second timer so it gives you more than enough time to take a photo. But any camera with a timer should work fine. The pole used for the second car shot was only four feet in length imagine what a 12 or 15 foot pole would be like.
The paint pole camera mount was made at the QC Co-lab hackerspace in Davenport Iowa using a MakerBot 3D printer. Along with the files that I here to print out the 3D parts, you will also need the following hardware parts. One 1/4 x 3/4" bolt, one 1/4 X 2 1/2" bolt, one 1/4 x 3" bolt, four 1/4 inch washers, one 1/4 inch wing nut, one 1/4" nut and two self tapping screws. Assembly the "U" shaped part (Tilt mount 2) to the cup and stud using the three inch bolt with washers on both ends and a nut to hold it together. (See exploded view image) Insert the "L" shaped part (Tilt mount 1) between the upper arms of the "U" shaped part making sure to have the square end horizontal with the entire assembly. Run a 1/4 x 3" bolt through the aligned holes and secure with a washer and wing nut on the opposite end. The squared end is where the camera is mounted using a 1/4 X 3/4" bolt that is inserted through the bottom of the square end of the "L" part and into the camera mount. The 1/4" bolt worked fine on my camera as this seems to be a standard size for a camera mount. Insert the assembly stud inside your paint pole and the cup on the outside of your paint pole. These may have to be test fitted and sanded before assembly. You should remove the normal roller mount found on a paint pole and attach this assembly on to the pole. Use two self tapping screws to hold the camera mount to your paint pole. The wing nut bolt assembly going through the "U" and "L" parts can be loosened so that the camera mount can be adjusted to tilt the camera up or down as desired when shooting photos. Be careful to make sure the wing nut is secure before moving the pole around to take a photo. Also when bringing your camera down from any height take great care as it could easily be damaged if you drop it on the ground.