|Quick Guide To Tripods|
Tripods : How, When,
Why and Where
Need a tripod?
Tripods are one of the
most important tools for getting great photographs. Tripods
are also very useful when used for camcorders as they will allow you to move
smoothly across you subject, "Blair Witch Style" is not what I enjoy
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When do I need to use a Tripod with a Camera?
When you need to project an air of professionalism. A wedding
photographer will get better subject shots, more easily move people to get
shots, and be able to create better compositions by using a tripod. In addition
there are some other "tricks of the trade" that you should be aware of
if you are interested in wedding photography. Please click on the link below.
When light levels are low. Why? A tripod is a steady platform that allows
light from a subject to strike the CCD in a digital camera or the film in a
traditional camera without vibration over a longer period of time. This means
that with a tripod the pictures from you digital camera or SLR traditional
camera will be sharper in lower light when your exposure time must be greater.
When Sharpness is important. You may also find that even when your
shutter speed is fast, that the fine detail that you can get with a tripod
can make the difference in capturing the subject or a blur.
To stabilize telescopes and binoculars. Tripods
can be used to hold telescopes, binoculars, or cameras. With telescopes in
particular it is almost impossible to get any real work done without a tripod.
Use a Tripod to Stabilize your Camcorder! There are at least three good
reason to do this. First making "jerky" film distracts your audience
and can actually cause some people to become ill! In Digital Video, tripods
tend to reduce differences between frames and your final compression will be
much better! Lastly using a trip will allow you to make smooth fluid pans
that don't distract your audience and allow you to have more control over
composition and camera angle.
Use a Tripod to Set up shots for Auctions! A picture is worth a thousand
words,... and it could be worth several hundred dollars to you in an online
auction. Good pictures sell products online along of course with good
descriptions. If you are taking pictures of jewelry, or other small objects a
tripod along with a light box can make all the difference!
How do I use a tripod?
The key to a tripod is that it creates a stable level platform. To
maximize these properties use the instructions below when setting up your
1) Extend the tripod center post as little as possible extend
the legs instead.
2) Extend the tripods
thinnest leg sections the least and last.
3) Angle our the tripods
leg braces and or lock the leg braces in place.
4) If possible find a level surface and use the right tripod leg
tips to match it.
5) If you get stuck on an uneven surface extend one leg to level
Lock it Down
6) Tighten all knobs and locks. Don't forget the ones on the
tripod head unless you are planning on panning.
What Tripod Should I buy?
More expensive tripods
are more expensive for three reasons, materials and features, and brand. I
suggest that amateurs start with a low end tripod, and then when you know more
of what you want, buy up to a higher grade tripod that all the features that you
KEY! Be sure that the tripod is as tall as you are!!
Imagine stooping over a tripod for hours at a time, UGHH!!