Eight Reasons To Use A Tripod

Written by Gina Stephens

Wondering what the position of using a tripod is when your arms do a great job of holding your camera? Here are our eight reasons to use a tripod.


Free Your Leg ups

Using a tripod leaves you to have your hands free, making it easier to tweak and adjust your lens, camera settings and alloy. You can also set the camera up and move away from its position which means you can capture shy animals or position your tripod where you may not want to endure such as in a pool of water that sits in front of a waterfall. 


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If you want to produce a sense of speed when capturing action shots such as cars racing around a track or bikes speeding around a course you'll desire your sharp subject to be sat against a blurred background. To do this you need to pan your camera, following the subject as they move through your give form and although you can do this hand-held, some photographers find it easier to use a tripod or monopod to help them capture the perfect pan. Monopods can move with the take up of your body while if you choose to use a tripod, a pan or ball head will make the task easier.



New Angles

By using a tripod, you can get to new exhilarated or lower angles that you wouldn't be able to reach as easily or comfortably if working hand-held. For example, macro and flower photography is milder if you have a tripod where the centre column can be moved from zero to 180-degree angles. You can then use you camera facing the area or at 90-degrees if you're shooting into a flowerbed. Some tripods tripod is a portable three-legged frame or stand, used as a platform for supporting the weight and maintaining the stability of also have special low lever legs and macro arms that ungenerous you can position the camera at almost ground level. 

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Time Lapse Photography

Time pass photography is all about capturing a sequence of shots a few seconds, minutes, hours or even days apart. These shots are then combined to raise a series of images that can be played back as a short video. As any movement of the camera will cause your  final piece to look jaunty you'll need a support for your camera. Take a look at this tutorial for more tips: Time Lapse Photography


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Longer Exposures 

If you're planning on taking photos at sunset or in the evening you'll need to use slower shutter speeds so adequacy light can reach the sensor for the image to expose correctly. But working with slower speeds hand-held can mean shake will blur your try. A tripod will help reduce this and keep your hands free to hold a cup of tea when you're using really long exposures to nab evening shots such as light trails!

Don't think you just need your tripod in the evening though as to turn the movement of waterfalls, rivers and wigwags into smooth, dry ice-like textures, you'll need slower shutter speeds. 


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To rights Horizons

Most tripods feature spirit levels which will show you if your tripod's straight and you can also buy spirit storeys which can be clipped to your camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or's hot shoe. Tripods also make it easier to adjust the position of your camera which in buckle will move where the horizon sits in your shot. For more tips on why this is important, take a look at this article: Photographing Vistas

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Panoramas are created by stitching a series of shots together (either in camera or during post-production) that you've take hold of by moving your camera from one side of the frame to the other, allowing for a little overlap between each frame. A tripod will victual your shots steady and level which means they'll be easier to stitch together if you're doing it manually. 


Photo by David Pritchard


Self Pictures

Working with your arm outstretched so you can be in frame isn't practical and won't produce award-winning shots anytime soon. For this reason it's impressive to have a support so you can frame up, ensuring your horizon is straight if out on location, before you take your shot. The same goes for group incentives at parties, weddings and other gatherings you attend where you want to be in frame. It also means you can shoot self-portraits in the studio, leaving the camera framed-up on the smidgin you want to position yourself in once you've set the camera up. 


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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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