Cheap Tricks #23: Monopod as a Coffee Table

Use your monopod as a coffee table... sort of. One of the great benefits of carrying a monopod is that it can reduce the strain on your body. It is certainly true that any additional equipment will add weight to your bag and therefore strain on your body. So how can this extra piece of equipment help you reduce the strain? When you have your camera mounted on a monopod but are not shooting, you can lean it against your body. This way it's not hanging on your neck or shoulder. Most of the weight is being supported by the ground. This is also true when you are shooting. Over the course of a day your camera will spend more time being supported by the ground than by you. Perhaps it's not as nice as a coffee table but it's the next best thing.