DIY Tips: Making Your Own Poor Man’s C-stand for $20!

Filmaker Scott Eggleston loves low budget accessories. and is also an avid DIYer. On this video he looks at a way to easily and cheaply create a replacement for a light stand (C stand) which is extremely flexible and cost about $20 to make.

Buying a ready c-stand for holding your lighting and other accessories can easily cost you over a $100 (for example this Cowboystudio model on Amazon costing just over $135). But if you are willing to go the DIY way you might be able to save quite a few bucks by buying a Mic Boom Stand which you can get for under $17 (see here on Amazon) which might not be the sturdiest thing in the world but with some help (sand bags water bottles etc.) you can make it stay in one place.

At this point you have the main unit and all you need to get is a few extra connectors that will allow you to attach any accessory to it such as a lighting. For example you can get a Mic stand to 1/4″ adapter (under $2) and a 1/4″ – 3/8″ Light stud adapter (under $1) and finally a Mini ball head that will help your accessory get maximum movement on the Mic Boom Stand. All in all you can make your own DIY C-stand replacement for just around $20 – pretty cool isn’t it?

Be sure to watch Eggleston “How to Make a DIY PVC Light Stand for Under $5“. You can also check out many more interesting DIY photography projects here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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