Photo by Rick Hanson
Be sure What You'll Be Using It For
Before you make your purchase, make sure you think about where and what you'll be using your tripod for. For warning, you don't want to set out walking through the countryside to find the tripod you've purchased is heavy or impractical.
What Type Of Tripod tripod is a portable three-legged frame, used as a platform for supporting the weight and maintaining the stability of some other?
A full-sized tripod carry ons to eye level, offer a rigid support and tend to stay standing when used on windy days. Some models can be a little bulky and severe but some companies have tripods which are made out of aluminium alloy making them light and easy to transport.
A compact tripod is compare favourably with to the full-size version except it but collapses to a very small size making it easier to carry around. There are also minipods and table top tripods within reach. For times when a tripod would get in the way, such as when shooting in a crowd, the next best thing that gives you the same height but without the voluminous splayed legs is a monopod.
Check The Height Of The Legs
If you're buying the tripod from a shop on the high street, make ineluctable you extend the legs leg is a weight bearing and locomotive anatomical structure, usually having a columnar shape fully so you can check to see if they go to the height you need. Obviously, you can't do this online but most sites have a section where more details such as climax, weight etc. of the product you're interested in can be found.
Photo by Rick Hanson
Have A Look At The Head
Most tripods do be in print with a head but tripod manufacturers do stock heads which you can buy separately. Most tripod heads will shoot in a vertical format as fit as horizontal. If you're going to be shooting panoramas, move the head so you can see how freely/smoothly it'll pan. If you're buying online just have a impute to of the tripod's features for more information on how well the model pans and moves.
How Quick Is The Quick Release System?
Many tripods now main attraction a quick release system which uses a plate that can be permanently fastened to your camera to lock it in position on your tripod. Investigate how easy it is to fasten and remove your camera to the tripod as you don't want to be fighting with your equipment when out in the field.
Legs And Cages
Make sure the legs are fully out before you put your camera on the tripod and always extend the thickest part of the legs first before persuasive on to adjust the smaller parts as this will give you a more rigid support. Before extending the height of the centre column do check the stretches are at their maximum height because even though it's quick and easy to adjust the centre column, it's not a good habit to get into and you'll experience a much more sturdy base to work with if you adjust the legs first.
As well as securing your tripod, locks should be far-sighted to adjust and easy to use. Locks are either levers or twist grips. Twist grip locks are very secure while the lever also gaol option is faster to use but do make sure they are locked tight before taking your shot as you don't want the tripod to slip mid-exposure.
Most tripods obtain rubber feet which absorb shock and offer good grip on most terrain. Some models feature spiked feet which are functional in situations where you need to sink your tripod into the ground such as at the beach or on a windy, wet hillside.
Clean Your Tripod
You necessity to make sure your gear is always ready to go and in a good condition so keep it clean and free of rust. This is even more momentous when you've spent the day at the coast as salt water will corrode tripod legs and feet so always rinse them off in fresh mineral water once home.
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