Top Tripod Tips
Many of us own a tripod, but do we use it enough?
Sometimes it’s a matter of space, it’s an extra thing to carry, we would rather just make do without it. But tripods are underestimated: not only do they provide stability but they can allow us to take different, unique shots and try different styles of shooting. The extra effort to carry it along with you will be worth it in the end. Promise!
Here are a few top tips for using your tripod that may sway you next time you think about leaving it at home:
- You can use a tripod for all types of photography: landscape, macro, architecture, sports, and portraits. There are no limits, and added stability can only be a good thing, right?
- Using a tripod doesn’t limit your creativity. Just because it has fixed angles and heights doesn’t mean we have to use it exactly in that way. Because the legs extend to a maximum height, that doesn’t mean we have to extend them. This is the challenge: make the tripod fit your photography, don’t let it dictate the shots you take. Shorten the legs, crouch, and point the camera up or down. Position yourself as you would without a tripod and then adjust the tripod so now it’s doing all the work. Go crazy, get creative but enjoy stable, more controlled shots.
- Defy the imminent human-induced camera wobble for slow shutter speed shooting; this is the perfect time to pop your camera on a tripod and let it do all the holding. So now you can concentrate on organising the ultimate shot, the angle, the height, light, without it being ruined by the wobble.
- Have you ever tried to shoot a panorama? Using a tripod can allow you to try new things; why not take several shots of the view you love, combine them and produce a stunning extra wide image, perfect for city or seascapes. You can plan your shots, take some tests so you can mark out where you’re going to need to move the shot to next, and then go for it. Plus, no worries about wobbles, just stable, beautiful landscapes.
- Use the spirit level on your tripod if it has one—or get one. This will help save you time and guesswork when setting up your tripod. The human eye is good, but it’s not that good. It isn’t always as accurate as you think, and guesswork is fine but if you have a tool that will make life easier, then why not use it? Especially for taking shots on unsteady ground: grass, hills, cliff tops, sand. You can’t be sure that you’re straight let alone the camera!
- Don’t make life harder for yourself by setting up a trip hazard! Unless you wrap fairy lights around the tripods legs, in low light those pesky tripod legs make it their goal to trip you. Instead, when you set up your tripod point one of the legs towards the subject, and then give yourself that space between the other two to stand. This will not only prevent any stumbles, but it will help to keep your camera more secure and stable too. After all, that is the point.
- Remember, keep your tripod clean! Now you have all the reasons in world to take it absolutely everywhere it means it’s going to get a little grubby. Don’t let sand, mud, and dirt clog up the mechanisms, and avoid corrosion and rust caused by mud, salty air, and water by always giving it a wipe after use so it can live a long, healthy life.
So now that you have a renewed love of your tripod, be sure to share your tripod assisted photography with us on social media with #kitvision so we can see what amazing, super stable shots you’ve captured!