It can be difficult to use a camera way down at ground level if you don’t want to hold it in your hands. If you also want it steadied by a tripod, you’ve got limited options. Some manufacturers make "ground-pods" in order to make it easier to steady your camera mere inches from the earth, but Elliot Hook has written about his own process for creating an inexpensive DIY ground-pod out of a frying pan and tripod head. I love the simplicity! It’s simple and light and easily portable, and you can fill it with rocks or sand plain old dirt if you need some added stability when shooting from ground level. What a simple and effective tool.