Photography Situations Where a Tripod is Beneficial

Some people think that using a tripod for taking photos is time consuming and not fun at all. You add weight to your bag and you still need to set it up before you can start clicking away. But if you want to take clear photos all the time, and you’re serious about photography, this camera accessory is very helpful.

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Shaky Hands

Regardless of what type of camera you’re using, a tripod can help you capture great images every time. Tripods are ideal for people who don’t have steady hands. Also, if you’re shooting a sport, car racing, or any outdoor event with lots of action, you don’t want to miss those moves because of your shaky hands.


But when you have a tripod, you can be sure to capture those movements smoothly and clearly, as you are able to follow the action with your camera without having to hold it all the time. You just have to put the camera securely on the tripod and pan to the left and right to keep pace with the action that’s going on.

Close Ups

When you need to take those close-up shots, using the tripod is also beneficial. Working close to your subject can sometimes cause blur. Your hands can be affected by the wind around you or there may be times you just can’t keep your hands steady due to fatigue or stress. If you don’t want to waste your time and spoil your shots, the best way to capture clear photos taken at close range is to put your camera on a tripod.

A great advantage of having a tripod is you can shoot images hands-free. You can use a remote release to trigger the shutter. If you don’t have a remote, you can alternatively use the camera’s self-timer. In this way, you need not touch the camera at all, avoiding any unintentional movement. Any movement you may have made when you pressed the shutter button with the timer on won’t be recorded in your shots.

Long Lenses

People using telephoto lenses will also find the tripod useful. Longer lenses put more weight on your camera, and a tripod will keep your device steady.


Windy days can also be challenging when shooting. But with a tripod, you won’t need to worry about getting blurry images. Just make sure your accessory is sturdy enough and not easily blown away. Otherwise, you can add weight on the tripod using your camera bag or by hanging some stones.

With the tripod, you can take photos in whatever position you want. Whether you’re shooting a subject at a higher or lower angle, you have every opportunity to take clear shots. You just need to adjust your tripod so you can move close to your subjects.

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Consider getting a tripod; you won’t ever regret it. Keep in mind to take care of it and store it properly so it can be with you for a long time.

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4 responses to “Photography Situations Where a Tripod is Beneficial”

  1. Rhonda says:

    I love this photo except for one thing those clouds are driving me crazy LOL

  2. Don M. says:

    I really look forward to receiving the tips from this article on tripods is no exception. However,in keeping with the added stability that the tripods provides I’m curious to know why we hardly ever hear the value of focusing rails? For me these devices are indispensable for close up work and I’ve even used my focusing rail at longer distances when I want razor sharp images.

  3. Tiberman Sajiwan Ramyead says:

    Hi Don – what’s a focussing rail?

  4. Don M. says:

    Hi Tiberman,
    A focusing rain is a devise the connects between the camera and the tripod that has and uses the rails gearing to make very small adjustments to bring your subject into perfect focus. The one I currently use is by Novoflex, model Castel XL. You see this and other focusing rails at B&H website part # NOFRL or simply Google macrofocusingg rails. Hope this helps.

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