4 Reasons Why You Need a Good Tripod

A tripod is one of the pieces of gear that differentiates a pro from an amateur. The tripod is usually perceived as cumbersome or additional work, thus many beginners don’t bother with it. If you want to appear like a professional, it’s paramount that you have a tripod. Make sure to get the best that you can.

The benefits of getting a good tripod include:

1. Easy Setup

A good tripod is easy to set up—you don’t struggle putting things in order. Easy setup is of great importance when you’re taking nature photos. The special moments don’t last for a long time; you need to be fast.

wildlife photography, cheetahs

“Untitled” captured by Dru Aires (Click image to see more from Aires.)

To make your work easy when setting up the tripod, try out different designs when you’re at the camera store. Set up the different designs with your camera and settle on the one that is ideal for you.

2. Stability

The main function of a tripod is to keep your camera still. When your camera is stable, the camera stops moving completely when you lock it on the head of the tripod.

If you’re using a good-quality tripod, and you notice that your camera is shaking even after locking it in place, check and confirm that you’re putting the right amount of weight on the head of the tripod.

If you’re using a long lens, you should get a tripod collar for the lens. This is to prevent the long lens from shifting.

3. Freeze the Moment

Since your camera won’t be moving, you’ll be able to comfortably use slower shutter speeds and easily freeze great moments.

For example, you can easily capture a waterfall or moving objects such as cars.

4. High-Quality Photos

Since the tripod will hold the camera in one position, you will be able to take high-quality photos that are very sharp. Most importantly, you will be able to take sharp images even at night, when you are using slower shutter speeds.

night city scene

“The Savoy” captured by Wayne Crichlow (Click image to see more from Crichlow.)

These are some of the benefits that come with having a good tripod. Before you buy it, you should ensure that you first learn how to use it properly. For ideal results, buy the tripod from a well-known, reputable camera store.

About the Author:
Jestein Futrell (http://shootloverepeat.com/blog/) began taking pictures before she could write. Her ability to tell a story rested in her flair to capture special moments with her camera. Jestein’s formal training as an architect enhances her natural gifts as a photographer. She peers through the lens of her camera and sees lines and curves that transform a simple photograph of children playing into a work of art. Jestein’s formal training as an architect enhances her natural gifts as a photographer. She peers through the lens of her camera and sees lines and curves that transform a simple photograph of children playing into a work of art. The waves of an ocean sit in perfect juxtaposition to the beach, wilting flowers are preserved in impeccable form, and often backgrounds and foregrounds lose their perspective.

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One response to “4 Reasons Why You Need a Good Tripod”

  1. It seems to me that the bike shot is panning. This would mean no tripod were used.

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