Most photographers have a tripod laying around, but tripods and overhead shots don't always mix well. If you've ever tried taking an overhead shot with a tripod, odds are you have had the legs get in the way. One way to get around this problem is to use an overhead camera jib, and YouTuber Energy Researcher has crafted a great DIY version that works well and is extremely budget friendly.
If you've ever had to shoot product or macro work overhead you'll know that a traditional tripod doesn't always do the trick. It doesn't move the camera far enough away from the center column to clear the legs in some shots. There are some tripods, such as the Manfrotto 055 series, that feature a horizontal column. These allow you to get the camera a little further out from the center, but still have their limitations and are not always the easiest to balance.
To truly make things easier you need to look at camera jibs but prices can get pretty expensive. Since most photographers already own a tripod, Energy Researcher shows us how to make a functioning camera jib for just $35. This will ensure you can easily clear those tripod legs and get the exact shot you want from overhead.