Basically what I'm doing is that I'm copying lots of documents and archiving tons of stuff. I'm using a copy stand, and it's faster than a scanner. I have a DIY copy stand made out of steel pipes, but I think I made it wrong somewhere down the line. It doesn't work as well as I would hope, and it always seems out of alignment when I'm photocopying documents. I'm using a fujifilm A350 camera, and I notice the documents cannot be dead center of the copy stand. Of course, I don't think the camera is at fault for the bad alignment. I don't understand why things are out of alignment. I've taken hours upon hours adjusting things, but I figure it must ultimately be the copy stand. Because of continuous problems, I want to buy a professional or store-bought copy stand. Since most copy stands are out of stock, I was told I could buy a tripod. I don't know if a tripod could do what I want it to do. I have the copy stand on a table, and I don't think a tripod can go up that high. And if one can, it needs to be parallel to the documents. I have a feeling that the more the tripod extends, the probably of having camera shake increases. I don't know much about tripods, so I'm wondering what people think about tripods as a replacement for copystands. I don't want to spend more than $130 USD for a copy stand. I would love to have a tripod that could extend and be very stable. I'm somewhat in favor of a tripod because it could fold up and be stored away. A copy stand takes up space. I read that a tripod called "Benbo Trekker" was something that could help me, but the originals aren't made anymore. I'm thinking if I obtained a tripod, I would want it to be stury (to reduce camera shake), long enough to reach over the table and be parallel to a document, and be easy to adjust up and down (to change the focus of the camera). Also, I've seen some tripods lay above documents but the legs are on the table surface. I don't want one of those types because I fear it would create shadows and distort the lighting I have. Sometimes I'm taking pictures of glossy pages, and I've learned to move the light up to about 130 degrees in order to have ample lighting while decreasing hotspots and glare. For what I know, that 45-degree stuff works on pages that aren't glossy. Any ideas on what I could do? To tell you the truth, I really don't know that much about photography. I only know a little about what I'm doing, and I'm trying to do it the best I can. I really don't understand that much about tripods. I figure they have three legs, hold a camera, and keep things steady. That's all I understand about tripods. I understand a bit more about copy stands. Of course, my photography interests are in reprography more than adventuring with a camera.