If you are looking for something a little more sturdy and flexible than your standard tripod with a horizontal center column for doing overhead camera or video shots than this set up is a great solution.
Coming to you from food photographer Skyler Burt this quick video shows you a simple and affordable way to build a portable overhead camera rig using components you probably already own. Overhead shots, or Knolling as it's called, are a great way to add detail shots and interesting video transitions to just about any editorial or commercial project. It has increased in popularity as a trend on Instagram but its still used just about everywhere you look in online and print marketing, making it a worthwhile trick to pull out when a job calls for it.
I've seen countless complicated builds designed to make easy and cheap rigs that all seem to just be more complicated than needed. I've used tripods for a quick solution for years but a lot of times its unbalanced and difficult to move into place. Burts solution is an almost perfect setup that uses only a few components and is pretty affordable to put together. The best part is I'm betting you probably already carry a lot of these items regularly on shoots.
The only change I suggest, you can replace the two pivot clamps with super clamps if you find you don't have a need for or often carry them. As a food photographer, I can see why Burt chose them but I almost never use them in my work. I do however always carry a bunch of super clamps and they will do the exact same job.
Do you incorporate knolling into your work? If so what's your solution for capturing great overhead shots?