- Travel Photography - Landscapes, panoramas, and scenes so wide that they need to be "stitched" in the photo editing program all require more than just your steady hand. They require the rock solid positioning possible only through a tripod. If you are also working in "sweet light" hours around dusk and dawn it is imperative that the tripod is at hand as well;
- Low Light Photography - Sunrise, sunset, candlelight, indoor weddings, cathedrals, and anywhere you cannot use the flash is often called low light. The slow shutter speeds needed for these places also means that you are likely to "shake" the camera during the exposure and to then blur the shot. The tripod prevents any issues of this kind; and
- Portrait Photography - You want to be to the side of the camera if you are taking a portrait, but if it is a "self portrait" you know that you have to put the camera at the right height and to use a cable to fire the shutter. All of this adds up to one simple thing - you need a tripod.
How To Choose a Tripod That is Right For You
by Cody Johnson | Mar 19, 2012 | How Tos
You are probably a novice to moderately experienced photographer (after all, most of the population cannot claim expert status) and you are considering the essential tools for this activity. You get yourself a pretty good DSLR or even an advanced point and shoot digital. You invest in a good lens and/or flash, a nice carrying case, and even some manuals explaining the "how to" of your preferred type of photography. Aren't you forgetting something? What about a tripod? While most people say that they don't need a tripod because they won't be doing any of "that" sort of photography, the simplest fact of the matter is that all photographers find that they need a tripod at some time or another. The Uses of the Tripod Whether you are trying to take shots in dim light, also known as "low light photography" or are doing some DIY portrait work, the tripod is actually an essential. Why? Let's consider the times when tripods are necessary: