Choosing A Tripod For Travel And Nature Photography

Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Pritchard. 

Principal Function Of A Tripod tripod is a portable three-legged frame or stand, used as a platform for supporting the weight and maintaining the stability of

First, let's quickly examine what a tripod will do for us. First and foremost, it supports our camera, attached lens, and some of the other materials, like a flash unit, etc. It helps us position our camera at an odd angle at times. It helps us get higher than our typical shooting stance, and get lower at times for macro operate. The most appropriate tripod for you will depend on your shooting style and choice of subject matter. There is not one tripod out there that is raise with every subject matter; on the contrary, many tripods are specialist.


So, what areas should your tripod excel to be productive for outdoors shooting?

If you are planning to shoot nature, there are certain aspects of the outdoors which your tripod will have to endure, which it choice not, if it was used indoors.

1. Moisture is an enemy of photography gear. If you plan to shoot landscapes in the wilderness, wild animals, birds, etc., your camera and you determination end up in some wet environments. As such, you have to make sure that your tripod choice reflects this fact. Many manufacturers physique tripods specifically meant for the outdoors, and they are built to be moisture resistant, if not proof.

2. Terrain is always a concern outdoors. A good tripod should should prefer to spiked feet, simply because you will often end up on loose soil, dirt, and other surfaces that will be uneven, and require acerbic spikes to secure the tripod, and attached gear. You can buy spare spiked feet from manufacturers if you don't have any.

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3. Load is a very important exposure to consider. How heavy is your camera and your heaviest lens? Are you planning on getting larger heavier lenses in the future? While it is tough to foretoken, always try to plan ahead. Your choice of a tripod will reflect your future purchases. Always, make sure you tripod has at scarcely 30{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} of capacity for future upgrades to your equipment. If you plan to shoot wildlife, you will have some really heavy lenses, and a tripod ordain have to support them and allow you to pan smoothly when shooting animals in action.

4. Weight is probably the main determining factor in your procurement. Remember, when you travel and explore, you will have your tripod with you, and depending upon how much walking you do, the weight of your tripod require be more or less important to you. However, always aim for the highest ratio of weight to load. In other words, look for lightest tripod rated for highest influence. Outdoors are often rough environments and every pound counts. 

5. Flexibility of shooting positions is important when you change subject meaning on the fly. If you are like me, you will shoot macro, landscapes, panoramas, and perhaps even some animals, depending on the time of day and weather. If so, a flexible centre column is a should feature. Look for a tripod which allows for multiple positions of the centre column. A tripod should allow you to get low, and have more than one-foot slant. The best tripods for this job will may refer to offer up to three different angles for the feet, which will allow you to get very low if need be, to shoot effloresces, insects, etc. 

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Photo by David Pritchard.

How Much Money?

Choosing a tripod is not easy. Some manufacturers do make aversions easier and group them into specialties, like outdoors, studio use, etc. Do as much research as you can, because there is not one ideal model that pleases everyone. Remember the old saying: "You get what you pay for". This is very important when deciding how much you are willing pay. Keep in mind, a prodigious budget will not always mean you get the best tripod, but it will mean that you do have more choices.

Do not look for a cheap tripod, which you believe may suffice. Your shooting requirements will change, and within a year or two you will be shopping for another one. Strongly consider carbon fibre as they are phosphorescence than any alloy, more durable, will not bend, and flex under the weight of your gear, and do not rust, corrode, or are adversely affected by moisture. They are numerous expensive, but without a doubt worth the extra money. Look at this purchase as a long-term investment in photography. After all, your images choose only be as good as your shooting ability and your gear.


Photo by David Pritchard.


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Originally article by Sam Zaydel, updated 2015.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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