“Is tripod really a necessary gear one should keep while go for shooting? What if we leave tripod at home and head straight for shooting with our DSLRs only. Can’t we get sharp shots without Tripod?” etc. are the few questions that we are often asked. But these are normal question but the real question is that “Do you know how to use tripod in accurate way to get excellent imaging results”? Probably No! Just by keeping the camera over the tripod you simply can’t get desired results, one should learn how to use Tripod correctly and exactly where to use it.
Before knowing how to use it you should know the
Advantages of tripod
When you think of a tripod the first image arise in your head is “How stable is my camera! “. Yes the basic use of tripod is to keep the DSLR, Mirrorless and other format of camera remain stable so that our shaky hands while holding the heavy DSLR for long time doesn’t affect the image quality because our shaky hand can unnecessarily create blurs to the image.
A tripod is too much handy while shooting Video.
A tripod is highly recommended while taking the HDR (High-Dynamic-Range shooting).
During Slow Shutter speed
While capturing the subject in rest the slower shutter speed comes into work and you know a slower shutter speed requires a very steady camera means if you do handheld then there is no way to get sharp shots because your shaky hand is the culprit. And one more thing, tripod is heavily required when you shoot the resting subject in lowlight areas. Tripod keeps the camera immensely steady so that one can get sharp, crisp and blur free images.
How to use Tripod
Before we begin, one thing you should desperately know that you must spend your bucks on excellent Tripods rather than using on inferior one, means better to spend on an expensive tripod and have to make sure that every essential feature is implemented in your Purchased tripod like Ball head, Height of the tripod, maximum weight it can hold etc.
Now come to the real points
Inspect the surface
The very important thing before landing the tripod on surface is to inspect whether it is flat or rough. If the surface is flat then put the tripod on the land and start shooting and if you find it rough surface where tripod can’t be stood balanced then you have to search some other place to keep it stand still to get incredible shots of the target subjects or for that you brought the tripod with you.
Make sure how much weight your tripod can hold because a DSLR weighs heavy and when suppose a telephoto lens is attached to the camera then it increases its weight more than a KG. Because if you put heavy DSLR on the tripod that its capacity then chances of flex will be increased and everytime you have to make it correct to shoot accordingly.
Place the camera on the Tripods
First you have to remove the camera base plate form the tripod then place the camera. Make sure that you placed it tightly and then adjust the angle of the camera. Point to be noted: Every time you change the angle be sure to tighten the knob to secure the camera from waving.
Level your Head
A Tripod head is something that lets the device either move or lock down according to the need. However, Professional shooters basically use L-Bracket Plate that attaches your camera to the tripod head instead of single plate. So that you can gently mount your camera in Portrait orientation while the camera is remained in center post of the tripod. Also the L-bracket can provide you a standard height that might required for wonderful shooting.
Tripod Collar for Long lenses
It is always recommended to use the Tripod Collar for the heavy lenses that keeps the camera virtually safe from breaking or bending because the tripod collar considerably balances the weight between lens and camera.
Turn off the image stabilization
This is perhaps very important point to be noted! Yes, in the generation most of the DSLRs and Mirrorlress cameras are coming with Image stabilization mechanism or Vibration reduction tool, which is quite effective while shooting handheld. However, this mechanism is too handy but remember when you are shooting using your tripod means there is no movement of the camera. So turned off the image stabilization mode in camera or lens because using both the things at a time can’t give you the sharp images as you expected.
A bag is useful
Suppose that you find a location from where your subjects look adorable and you want to capture them or video them so you landed the tripod in some outstanding place, but you find that the blowing wind doesn’t let the tripod stand straight. Your tripod starts waving as a result the camera also. So in those condition one thing comes really handy: That is your camera bag yes if you add some additional weight to tripod then the might might not wave in the windy conditions. All you have to do is hang the bag on the center post of the Tripod.
But There is a silly risk in that case. An heavy bag being waved by wind can break your tripod’s legs.
Hope these are the major things one should account in his or her book so that shooting seems too simple with Tripod.
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