Travel Tripods; Uses and Recommendation

Best travel tripods for Photography

Don’t you have experience of taken photo and looked back later and wished you had shot it differently? Certainly I have had. Our society is so fast and people are in a hurry to get things done. Taking photos can easily fall in this category. Therefore it is recommended to carry tripod along wherever you go.

Jonas Mekas says that; “Some cameras are heavier and need to be on tripods. Others are small enough to hide in your pocket. There are places where you don’t want to feel like you are disturbing anything, so I may use a camera like that.”

Shooting situations where tripods are recommended

  1. Photography exposure of sunset and night time is long. These moments can be shot without a tripod; however, it is recommended to use tripod to get great pictures after sunset too, when light become fad.
  2. In time lapse photography, it will be fun to use a remote cord with intervalometer.  In such situations camera must remain in the exact same location for all of the photos to align properly.
  3. During macro photography and close-ups, blur is magnified and exact focus is critical. Using a tripod means you have to use a slow shutter speed to get the proper exposure.
  4. In portrait photography, by using tripod you can watch all of your subjects, their positions, and expressions better without having to hold and look through the camera.
  5. Big lens or long telephoto lenses are heavy and cause lack of sharpness due to the magnified motion. Your arm can get fatigued and it is difficult to hold steady, even with image stabilization technology. So, it is best to use tripod during this type of photography.

Recommended tripods

Without any doubt, recommending a tripod really depends on the usage. Professional photographer says that you must have three tripods of different sizes. If shooting varies tremendously and you take it seriously and if images you take suffer in some cases, then it is better to use a medium size tripod.

  1. Tripod Head

A tripod head is the crucial part of the tripod system. It is responsible for securely holding camera equipment and controlling camera movement. A modular tripod system does not come with a head and you have to buy it separately. When choosing a tripod head, always make sure that it can support at least the same amount of weight your tripod legs can. It is necessary that a tripod head must be match in size and weight to tripod. Never buy one without knowing what other will be.

  1. Weight

While buying tripod it is better to keep in mind that what count is total weight: the tripod and the tripod and the ball head. So, saving a few hundred grams while compromising on stability make no sense if the overall ring in the range of 200 plus grams.

3.    Tripod Legs

Tripod legs generally come in two forms i.e tubular and non-tubular. All carbon-fiber legs come in tubular form and have a threaded twist-lock system to secure the legs, while aluminum, basalt and steel tripods might come in different shapes with a flip-lock. Depending on the maximum height of the tripod, there might be between 3 and 5 sections on tripod legs. More sections means, the higher the tripod and a little less stable.

  1. Tripod Feet

Few advanced tripods allow you to replace tripod feet for different conditions and situations. Unscrew them from the bottom of the tripod legs. There are different types of tripod feet for indoors and outdoors use. Unless you plan to shoot in icy, rainy or slippery conditions, the standard rubber feet that come with tripod should work just okay.

5.    Center post

Some tripods come with a single leg in the middle of the tripod that allow to increase or decrease the height of the camera by simply moving the center-post in upward or downward direction.

6.      Stability

A heavy tripod does not always mean that it is stable. There are plenty of tripod systems out there that are heavy and durable, yet lack the much needed stability. When a tripod is fully set up, it has to withstand not only wind, but also occasional bumps and knocks that might happen in the field. You always need to make sure that your camera and lens balance on a tripod rather than lean towards one direction.

Now, you are familiar with the criteria for selecting the right tripod, you can buy it easily.

 

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