There are lots of places tripods aren't allowed, Museums and such or situations that make them just too inconvenient, Street festivals, concerts, standing room only venues etc.
I'll just explain how to make one and you'll see how to use it. For mine I used a thimble for sewing thread that I cut a convenient length. Tie a sturdy non stretchy string around it tightly (Mine is through a drilled hole) The other end on mine has a key of the sort that you used to open a can of Spam or Sardines.. (They were more common back then, and actually so was slow film). But any discarded key will do.
Through the middle of the thimble I put a 1/4-20 bolt that would hold the thimble with the string attached to the tripod socket in the bottom of the camera. So now you have your camera with a thimble on the bottom and a long string with a key attached. If you make the string the right length for you, Then you can stand on the key, with the camera at your eye and pull some tension on the sting and you would be amazed how stable you can make it. your whole body is the tripod and it's completely unobtrusive. Nobody will notice it. and You could be the only photographer getting sharp shots. I find it works as well or better than a mono-pod that I see people slouching while using, They aren't very effective like that, the mono-pod is rigid but the body holding everything else isn't. I showed another photographer this and he improvised by me loaning him my Manfroto plate and he used the tightening loop on the bottom to attach his string to and simply tied a knot in the other end that he stood on, I suddenly felt like I over spent on mine..
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