I am an amateur digital photographer. I have a full size tripod, but rarely use it- It’s too big and bulky to take on surf trips along with my boards and other stuff. I was introduced today by M to the Joby Gorillapod. I was told that it is lightweight with ‘legs’ that can be strongly wrapped around poles, branches, or ledges- can fit in a small pouch or a large pants pocket and it has a environmentally friendly packaging. No more flat surfaces! I am getting one!