As part of my monthly online seminar series, I did a session about tripods. I think for most things, a photographer should always use a tripod, of course there are times when you can’t but being lazy isn’t one of those times. I also talk about the types of tripods, heads and features, including monopods and traveling with a tripod. Enjoy the video.
Tripod buying guide – selecting the right tripod for you
Most out-of-focus pictures are due to camera movement, it isn’t because you focused in the wrong place or your subject moved. It is because your camera moved. It doesn’t take much, especially as your use longer telephoto lenses. That is why I shoot over 90% of my photos with my camera on a tripod. I’m a believer that you can’t have a tripod that is too good. A solid tripod is a must in my photography world, a flimsy tripod is a waste of money. I’ve heard people say that any tripod is better than none and I couldn’t disagree more. A flimsy tripod gives you a false sense that you are getting sharp pictures but then you get back to your computer and you see your photos are a little fuzzy. If you’re not using a tripod, hopefully you know the camera could be shaky and you do some things to keep the camera as steady as you can, use image stabilization with your lens and then not be surprised later.
So make sure you have a solid tripod, but first there are some things you need to consider before making a considerable investment.
Is the tripod strong enough for your camera and lens?