I see a lot of pictures with one guy and then one right next to it with another guy. Buy one of these http://www.rei.com/product/777249 use your timer and get everyone in the picture. I have had one for years; just velcro it to a stick or tree in the folded up position and it is rock solid.
Here's the one I like. It's the same basic idea, but you can wrap the legs of the tripod around a branch, or really any other irregular surface.
I have one of those too; but I could never really get it to lock on as solid as my other one. Plus the other one is more compact; at least compared to teh one I have.
Originally Posted by Brian M