Some of the newest digital cameras have built in levels to help you ace your straight-on shots, but if your camera or tripod isn't equipped with a level, this simple led DIY will help you make your own lighted camera level.
Traditional shoe mounted levels can be bothersome to see when working in the field at night, so this LED level hack from DIY web site Instructables keeps your shots level and in check with a few simple parts from your local Harbor Freight and electronics store. Instructables member Zomie is the man behind the hack made from the following, small supply list:
- Coin Battery Holder (taken from a simple window alarm in this case) - $US1 harbor freight
- 2x spirit levels with holders - $US2 at OSH
- 2.5 x 4 inch piece of scrap sheet aluminum
- 4 small green LEDs
- slide switch
- small project case - $US1 at AllElectronics
- Enamel Coated Wire
- 5 Minute quick set expoxy - $US1 harbor freight
So not only do you get a DIY camera level out of it, which is handy in any situation, but with the LED, it's also nighttime-friendly. Hit up the full tutorial and step by step instructions over at Instructables.