Tripods tricks
PhotoPlus : The Canon Magazine|October 2020
Tripods tricks
The tripod is the trusted tool of landscape photographers and Dan Mold shows you how you can get the most out of yours, with these quick tips
Dan Mold

THE MISSION

Get better shots with your tripod and understand how to use it to its full potential

Time needed 15 minutes

Skill level Beginner

Kit needed A dedicated photographic tripod

It’d be easy to assume that a tripod is just a tripod, right? Well, you may be in for a surprise! As the years go on, pro-level photography tripods get ever more advanced, adding even more useful features.

Cheap budget tripods that cost around £30 are generally made for video, you can tell this from the way the legs are usually bound for extra stability. They also typically come with a pan/tilt head for smoother tracking when recording, but they’re really not the best choice for photography.

Dedicated photography tripods usually start at around £80 and are well worth investing in. Look for one that has unbound legs with adjustable leg angles and also that comes with a ball or 3-way head, depending on your preference. You can then go up the range looking for other features you may desire, such as a reversible centre column, a lightweight carbon fibre build, or a higher maximum load they claim to be able to bear.

Tripods are fantastic tools for landscapes, as they allow you to lock the camera off to remove camera-shake from hand-holding. They also allow you to shoot with a slower shutter speed, so you can turn moving parts of your scene like clouds, into a blur.

Now you know what a pro photo tripod is, here’s how to get the best out of them!

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