Tripods are equipments that help taking a perfect picture when slow-motion exposures are being recorded. A tripod is a must if you are planning to take more stabilized and blur-free pictures whenever you’re shooting photos or videos. Tripods usually have 3 legs normally made of aluminum with a rubber bush at the end of their legs and a head used for setting a camera or a camcorder.
Cheap tripods are commonly made of aluminum. One has to make sure it’s sturdy and doesn’t have a shaky joints for a perfect picture. Cheap tripods usually come with a head which is common and might not be acceptable for setting a few cameras. The head can be flipped side ways for a portrait or landscape view of taking pictures. An expensive tripod is sturdier, stronger and does not have a mind that comes along with it. One can choose a suitable head for his tripod and camera head combination based on the photographers’ needs. Camera tripod is also made from carbon fiber for lighter weight and easy traveling. They’re expensive too.
Some inexpensive tripods include a leveling index for the head and legs as the photographer can be certain the camera is set at proper position so the pictures are not tilted to some side on an uneven surface.
When you set up your tripod for shooting you’re going to want to find a nice bit of firm, level ground. You are going to also want the top platform your camera goes on as level as possible. If you’re on a slope when shooting your image you need to shorten the one leg that’s on the upward slope of the mountain to ensure that you’re still as flat as possible.
Depending on your subject matter you are going to want to keep your tripod as low to the floor as possible. This is to make certain your camera isn’t going to be moved around by any sudden and unexpected gusts of wind that may happen to ruin your shot. A wider pyramid is just more secure than a tall one. It’s just physics so be sure to ask a structural engineer and they’ll tell you the same. Make certain you don’t go too far in your widening of the legs though. I know common sense is an unusual thing, but this is one of those situations where it’s going to need to come in to play.
If you are going to need more height while taking your picture then you should resist the desire to raise the middle column. Doing this really destabilizes the camera also makes it more likely to wind and vibration.
When you are setting up your tripod make sure you always bear in mind the way the wind is blowing. Unless it is a perfectly calm day you’re going to need to position yourself so the wind is blocked by something large like a car. You could even ask people around you to form a human wall. I wouldn’t recommend asking strangers to do so for you, it may be somewhat awkward.
Hopefully now you fully understand the intricacies of how to properly use your camera tripod to assure that every shot that you take will be a good one. Good luck and happy searching.