Are you are saying you cannot llift and hold the camera to your eye? or...Are you saying that you can use a "live view" (from the LCD) function of your camera to take pictures but would rather be looking in the viewfinder to take pictures?...or something else?..
There are lots of very smal tripods, and there are one-legged tripods, called monopods..
If you screw a six inch high tabletop tripod into the bottom of your camera, that may bring the camera close enough to your eye that you can use the viewfinder..
For subjects that are not moving, you might be able to use the self timer to take photos. Just press the shutter release when the camera is positioned so you can do this easily, and then ligft the camera and frame the shot, holding the camera by the monopod (collapsed, some are about a foot long).
Lot's of cameras don't even have a viewfinder. Beyond that, you have more flexibility in composition using the LCD. For instance, holding it down low for pix of children..
This usually works out fine, except when the sun is shining on the LCD, making it hard to see. A little pop-up shade can be used in these cases..
I'm going to assume that you are saying that you can't raise the camera to your face to use the viewfinder. Because of joint problems?.
Look into getting a camera with an articulating lcd. The Canon A650 and S5 IS are current examples. I know that other manufacturers also make articulating screens (and there are other Canons with the feature), but I don't offhand know specific cameras to mention. A posted question about that will yield you some other possibilities. The "Buyer's Guide" search on this site, unfortunately, won't allow a search on that criterion..
With an articulating lcd you can shoot with the camera held at waist level (or on the ground, for that matter), on the table in front of you pointing to the right or left, or a wide range of other possibilities..
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Thanks for your replies..
Yes, I would like to be able to take pictures with the lcd monitor and/or the viewfinder. Because of joint limitations, I am unable to raise the camera to my eye and reach the shutter..
The articulation lcd sounds like the ideal remedy but for now, I'll need to rig some kind of solution for my current camera. I will look into using a small tripod and shade as well as the self-timer. I'm new to this hobby...I'll let you know how I adapt!.