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DIY tripod mounts for mobile phones, Gopro or just about anything...

Like most people, I have various devices to take pictures with and often wish I could mount them to a tripod…well here is a cheap, flexible top tip to whip up a mount for a few pounds.

Mobile phone, Gopro Hero 3 and strobe pictured here


You will need:

1 x tripod screw adaptor (£2)




1 x  1/4″-20 Tripod Mount Screw to Flash  (£2) – make sure it has two nuts which you remove & discard the shaft.




1 x or more Velcro straps
1 x small piece of non slip mat cut to the size of the above nut
1 x hole punch
(Optional:  Glue, scissors and sharp knife)

Step 1: Pop a hole in the centre of your Velcro strap with a hole punch and pop the tripod screw adaptor though.
Furry side inwards works best and protects your device.

Step 2:

Place the first nut over the Tripod screw adaptor, if you’re using think Velcro (below)
or, for thinner Velcro you can place a nut on before the Velcro

Step 3:
Glue the non slip mat on the upper face of the 2nd nut and pop it on once the glue has dried.  Tighten until firm, but do not over tighten.

Step 4:

Trim the Velcro to the ideal length for your device, making sure there is a reasonable amount of overlap to make a strong connection.

Now you can customise your strap, for example for the gopro I trimmed it to the exact width cut a hole for the microphone, Wi-Fi button and a slot for the usb cable.

For the Gopro, this functions like the frame that is available as an optional extra.


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2 comments to “DIY tripod mounts for mobile phones, Gopro or just about anything…”

  • Bruno Lázaro, December 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Hello, 1ºtime in your blog, congrats, like the lessons. Can I ask you someting?Are you happy with the quality of the Hero3? Can you tell me if the wi-fi remote is realy waterproof?
    My goal was to shoot surf photography with a shutter (in this case the wi-fi remote) stuck to a hand pole

    • lightism, December 4, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Thanks for the comment….I understand the remote is waterproof, but haven’t tried it myself yet.
      As a professional photographer I use various cameras, the hero 3 (like many cameras) is great at some things and not so good at others.
      I’ve seen some amazing surf stills so providing you have enough light, you should be fine…would love to see them!

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