Have you been wondering when you should use a tripod?
You’ve come to the right place!
Today, we are going to talk about how and when to use a tripod. By the end of this article, you will know everything there is to know about using a camera tripod. You will be able to make better decisions regarding your photography. Your pictures will get better and better with each trip out on the town with your camera.
So let’s get started!
Shooting in low light.
Shooting in low light levels is one of the best times to use a tripod. You need the stability provided by a tripod to avoid motion blur at these shutter speeds. If you don’t have a tripod, try to brace your camera against something stationary like a wall, tree or even the ground. If all else fails, raise the ISO and live with the noise in your image.
If your camera is on a tripod, then it won’t matter if you are moving during long exposures because you will be still in relation to the camera. This is one of many reasons why using a supported shooting technique (e.g., using a tripod) is crucial for getting good photos.
Doing group/couple/individual portraits.
Group shots are often difficult to get right without a tripod. You will have to make sure everyone is in focus, and it is easy to leave someone out of the frame. When you take photos for all occasions with a tripod, you can ensure that the photo session goes smoothly. This will help you get more creative and produce better images, especially when you are able to set up your camera before actually taking pictures.
Also, tripods help you with composition because they give you a good view from where you should shoot and also how far away from the subject(s) your lens should be to capture them fully in the frame.
Working with a large telephoto lens.
Working with a large telephoto lens can be quite shaky, and that’s when you’ll need to use one. The tripod helps to keep the camera still and reduce camera shake. You will be able to get much sharper images with a tripod than without it. A good rule of thumb is: if your shutter speed is less than the focal length of your lens, use a tripod!
Trying to get sharp focus on macro photography.
Use a tripod when you’re trying to get crisp focus on every tiny little detail in an image. If you don’t use a tripod, you’ll get a blurry shot as your camera moves slightly due to wind or by the simple action of pressing the shutter button. Use a tripod, and it’s guaranteed that your photo will be tack sharp and incredibly detailed!
So what kind of photos are those? Mostly macro photography is the answer. Macro photography simply means close-ups of small objects—flowers, insects, plants, rocks and things like that—and generally, it’s easiest to do if you’re using a tripod.
Shooting panoramas, time-lapses and selfies.
- Shooting panoramas.
Most modern cameras can take panorama photos for you, but for a much better quality result, you should do it yourself. This is because your camera will stitch together images with different exposures and white balance settings, which means the final photo will look surprisingly different from each of its component parts. Set up your camera on a tripod in a horizontal position, use manual exposure to get a correctly exposed image and shoot overlapping photos from left to right (or opposite way). Make sure that nothing moves between shots—including yourself! When shooting in good light conditions, try taking multiple photos at once by setting your camera in continuous shooting mode. This will help eliminate any movement between shots and make stitching easier later on in post-production. If you shoot RAWs, I recommend using Lightroom’s built-in photo stitcher function or dedicated software such as PTGui Pro or Autopano Giga to stitch all images into one big panorama shot.
- Shooting time-lapses.
If you want to create your own time-lapse videos but don’t have a fancy DSLR with an interval timer built in (which are expensive), then just get yourself an Arduino board (which are very cheap) and head over to Sparkfun for some inspiration! In fact, there is more than one way of doing it—you can even hook up Lego blocks with Arduino Uno and take control of exposure and focus at the same time! As far as I know this is the cheapest way to create beautiful time-lapse videos without breaking the bank!
- Taking selfies:
The most popular solution for taking selfies is getting a remote shutter release device, although many newer smartphone cameras have their own self timer feature built in too!
A tripod is an incredible tool for any photographer, but especially important for those who shoot in adverse conditions.
There are a few situations where it is good to have a tripod:
- When you are using slow shutter speeds in low light. If you want to shoot at night, the lowest ISO possible, or with a long exposure, then putting your camera on a tripod will help reduce blurriness.
- When you plan on taking multiple shots of the same thing and need the exact framing each time. Maybe you want to photograph a sequence of photos for creating a panoramic image. Using a tripod will ensure that all the photographs line up perfectly later in post-processing
- When you want to capture an object up close. Macro photography is difficult because objects look very different if they are shifted by even an inch or two. By using a tripod for macro photography, it forces you to focus and frame your shot by moving around instead of zooming in and out with your camera.