Whats In Your Bag?
Every once in a while I will be doing a segment about gear that I use when doing Portrait Shoots or Landscape Photography. These are essential tools that I do actually use. One of the most important tools in a photographers bag is a tripod. A good sturdy tripod. I bought a Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod with 804RC2 Head back in 2010 and love it. The legs extend out flat so you can get down extremely low. The center column when raised up can swivel sideways to extend out from the tripod. Both the head and the tripod boast a bubble level to maintain the camera's level positioning.
Tripods are essential for helping achieve tack sharp photos. They also help out in the composition of a photo. You'd be surprised at how using a tripod for composition works. You can straighten out the horizon on a landscape or straighten out the subject for a portrait. Believe me a photo looks much better straight than off level. I've never seen a lake or body of water on an angle in real life but on many a photo I've been shown I have. I once got paid for a print job for a photo that I didn't take. I charged for the print but also for making the photo straight and taking out the anomalies or distractions. When I told the client about the photo not being straight I showed both versions and the client agreed that the photo looked better straight. Another advantage of a tripod? Moving the view up and down, or side to side re-framing the photo, can dramatically change the look. The key is to try to always carry the tripod with you. No, you don't need to use it all the time. I've had numerous shots of landscapes or portrait with out one but, for composing the photo like At Lands Edge below, I needed a tripod.
Low light situations generally require a tripod. Night shots of the Moon, Lightning or Fireworks, Car Light Trails, Long Exposures (light painting) require some kind of stability. AKA tripod.
Some maintenance care should be done to keep your Tripod in optimal condition.
For more on tripod and maintenance check out this video by Karl Taylor
Quick Tip : when using a tripod make sure to turn off your vibration reduction on the actual lens. The VR or Vibration Reduction when on, actually looks for movement and can produce a photo that is not tack sharp.
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