A camera tripod by its name defines that it is a three-legged device which is designed specifically to hold a camera more steadily and securely. Generally, a tripod has a central pole with legs that are adjustable which are used in conjunction with the mount, helping to fix its head. The primary purpose of it is to help photographers capture images in slow shutter speed for a longer exposure. For instance, in astrophotography, there isn’t enough ambient light to support the camera without getting destabilized and shaky images. So, tripods come in handy with situations such as this. They are also widely used for shots which need to be taken multiple times with different severity of exposure.
Using a camera tripod and a few tricks
Using a tripod might seem quite simple but there are certain technicalities that you’d need to be aware of. It is an essential gear which can set a difference with its image quality. Before we get to “how” one must need to know “when” a tripod is required. Tripods can be very useful when you need to capture sharp and detailed images. It will help you stabilize the shots, giving sharp pictures. Tripods can assist you in being creative. Some tripods are waterproof, dustproof which means that you can use them on various locations for your exotic shots. Lastly, it helps you when you need a well-composed shot. But to answer the question specifically, tripods need to be used more often than usual.
- Now, let’s delve into the “how” portion of this guide. One of the amateur mistakes with tripods revolves around putting the camera on the tripod to compose their shot. This step usually would end up restricting the framing, composition, and perspective of your shot. The best way to use a tripod is to scan the area further to find a cozy place for your shot. This initial recon will help you determine the setup, giving you a better shot.
- There are two types of tripod i.e. twist & flip lock. Even though the latter is fine, the former is preferred by many. The twist lock is faster which saves time since you lock and unlock them simultaneously while grabbing them on one leg. This saves a lot of time, especially when you have a time crunch.
- There will be instances when all the three legs won’t be required. So, in times such as this, you can just extend the lower leg since the lower sections can resist elements such as dirt, snow, mud, and water. Keeping the lower section extended near the encountered gunk makes more sense. To top that, if you are not extending the lower bridge, there is a risk of getting grime and dirt into its locking mechanism, which will create further problems.
- Use your upper leg extension and adjust them accordingly when you are shooting on undulating terrain. It will make it more accessible and minimize any extra effort.
Well, now that you have an insight into a few ticks that can make your setup more effective go ahead
and start clicking some beautiful pictures!