We love our DSLR, it's our trusty companion at work and at play, but one thing we do not adore is the price of accessories. Since we're a thrifty sort, we're always looking for ways in which we can save money and outfit our camera and we accomplish this primarily through DIY projects. Our latest challenge has been getting our Gorillapod level at night, which is why we are quite happy to have found this project to make our own illuminated level for that flexible tripod.
Instructables user Zomie was experiencing the same problems we were with getting our Gorillapod to be level at night and he devised a device dubbed, the "Light Up Level," as a solution. Small, lightweight, with illumination provide by LEDs, the Light Up Level is certainly a nice companion to any tripod.
The parts used to make this device are inexpensive with the most pricy components being the 4 small green LEDs. The tools that are used are a soldering iron, tin snips, marker, ruler, sand paper, drill, and bits. Although the project is rather simple, since a soldering iron is used we advise checking out a beginners guide to soldering if you have never used this tool before.
While we don't exactly consider ourselves crack soldering machines, we do think that we might break out the trusty iron to give this project a whirl. Another useful DIY camera accessory? Yes, please!
Check out Instructables for the complete instructions.
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