Monday, January 22, 2007

Three reasons why you should invest in a tripod

High Falls
Originally uploaded by James Jordan.
You’ll get sharper pictures. No one can hold a camera steady in every condition. Telephoto shots and close up macro work especially demand a tripod.

You’ll open up a world of photographic possibilities: Long exposures of flowing water, special-effects shots, low light and night pictures come to mind.

The act of setting up a tripod forces a photographer to think about the scene before him or her and take care in composing the shot while twiddling the knobs and cranks. Many times, good pictures became great pictures when I spotted something amiss or noticed an opportunity for a better location while trying to set up a shot. Taking up the camera and setting it up in a better position made all the difference.

Side benefits: With a tripod, you’ll look like you know what you’re doing and impress the socks off of the people around you.

Get the best tripod you can afford and put it to use immediately.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2007 James Jordan.


Blogger CJ said...

I have a tripod, but I rarely have it with me when I need it. I often take photos while hiking and I can't carry a tripod with me. Someone told me about an easy-to-carry alternative that can be used in a pinch. Get a piece of heavy string or twine ---a kind that will not stretch. It should be a little longer than you are tall. Tie one end to a large washer and the other end to a machine screw that is the same size as the screw that fits into your camera from a tripod. You might have to play around with the length. In a pinch, screw the one end into the camera, drop the washer on the ground and step on it with one foot. Make sure the length is just right for you to hold the view finder to your eye while the string is pulled to its limit. It isn't nearly as good as a tripod, but it will hold the camera steadier than just holding it by hand and still allow you to swing left or right to frame your best shot. It easily fits in a purse, pocket, or camera bag, costs next to nothing, and weighs less than the change in your pocket.

April 8, 2009 at 2:43 AM  

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