How to Select and Use a Tripod

tripodWhen shooting pictures, we often experience tough situations wherein it is difficult to take clear pictures. The problem might be the location with uneven ground or a steep area which can be difficult for a photographer to maintain balance and control his camera well. Long hours of shooting can also be tiring for a professional photographer and their hands may feel weak from holding their DSLR cameras for a long time.

The best way to overcome these challenges is to use a tripod. A tripod is considered by many professional photographers as one of their essential equipment and is the top 3 photography essentials following the camera and lenses. Even our London wedding photographers use a tripod when taking group portraits during a wedding.

Types of Tripods

Tripods are three-legged stands used to hold a camera and keep it stable. A tripod can help lessen camera shakes which can result to blurry images. The photographer doesn’t have to hold the camera, he/she will just click on the button or a remote shutter control once he/she is done composing the image or helping the subjects with their poses.

There are many tripods that are being sold in the market today. If you are planning to purchase your first tripod, then you will have to choose carefully by gathering information and reading reviews from wedding photographers cambridgeshire so you won’t be wasting your money on a wrong choice.

Choosing a Tripod

The initial step in choosing a tripod is to asses first your needs and budget. How much are you able to spend? What is your primary purpose in buying one and what type of photography are you in? The affordable types of tripods are those made of aluminum while the more expensive ones are made of carbon fiber. Aluminum-made tripods though tend to be heavier so if you are into travel or landscape photographer, then this might be too much of a load for you. Carbon-fiber tripods, on the other hand, are lighter yet more durable than aluminum tripods. It is easier to carry especially when you’re always shooting out of the studio.  If you can afford a carbon-fiber tripod, then go and buy one.

Tripods also vary in the number of tripod leg sections as well as their thickness. Some are easy to setup but others really take a lot of time (and patience) before it is ready for use. You will need to learn how to setup your tripod to avoid inflicting damage or wasting time in setting up especially if the event you are covering is about to start.

Setting up a Tripod

In setting up your tripod, the first steps is to extend the larger section legs before adjusting the smaller legs you can find at the bottom. Next, check the stability of tripod by trying to shake it and if there is less movement then great. Adjust the legs whenever needed, make sure to lock it. If you intend to shoot macro then lessen the height of the tripod’s legs. A tripod with a detachable center column is best for shooting in low levels so make sure to check out the specifications of the tripod and see if it suits your photography needs.

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