Tripods: How to Use Them
For many photographers, a tripod is indispensable. It holds the camera steady when you’re using slow shutter speeds or when you have a long telephoto lens attached. It assures that there will be a minimum of camera movement to blur a picture.
Make sure that the legs extend and contract easily and that the tripod raises to the height you want. Check to see that all adjustments lock securely.
If you are going to photograph small subjects at ground level, be sure that the tripod centre column reverses so that the camera can be mounted close to the ground.
Make sure that the plate with a screw that inserts into the bottom of the camera, is strong enough to hold a camera and a long telephoto lens.
Learn how to use a tripod for photography and how to choose the right one for your needs.
In photography, a tripod is used to stabilize and elevate a camera, a flash unit, or other photographic equipment.
All photographic tripods have three legs and a mounting head to couple with a camera.
Tripods, Punches and Cases
There is a huge selection of photographic accessories to help you carry, support, adapt and repair your camera.
You can also improvise, using tape, strings and clips, or modify your gear to extend its use. A bracket or clamp can hold your camera or light in an unusual position. Clips and grips can hold props or clothing in position.
A professional aluminium case with foam padding offers greater protection, reflects the sun heat and can be used as a seat or stand.
When you need both hands free use individual pouches threaded to a belt or harness, or a multi-pockets jacket with a regular place for everything: sunglasses, passport, notebook and pen on top pockets, memory cards in sleeve pockets. On the other side: lens cleaning cloth, blower, tape, filters…
Top Photography Tips
- A sturdy tripod is needed to support a camera during long exposures or when a long lens is used.
- A lightweight model is more portable and can be stabilized by adding weights.
- The monopod is a lighter, one-legged tripod used to help steady the camera.
- Get a set of boxes that fit inside one another can be used to store accessories, support cameras, and raise models and props.
- Use an app to check weather and road reports.
- If equipment is neglected it will stop working or produce inferior pictures. Keep a range of tools and accessories to hand for regular cleaning.
- Tripods range in size from small tabletop models to tall studio stands. Be sure to get a sturdy one even though it may weigh more.
- Remote Releases free the photographer from the camera
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