Importance of Tripods in Photography
A Tripods will leave your hands free from burden, which makes it easier for you to adjust the lens and work on camera settings. You can set the camera on a tripod and leave the area, or you can put it where you don’t want to stand such as in water.
Technology has become so much advanced that anyone can take good photographs. Some of you may think that a tripod is just a piece of equipment, an extra burden; why do we need it when we have features like faster shutter speed and ISO capabilities in the latest cameras? If you want to improve the composition and sharpness of your photos, you need a tripod.
The slower the exposure, the more camera will record movements. Your unsteady hands or downward motion can stop you from taking a perfect shot. There are many ways a tripod can help you, let’s discuss these in detail.
1. Suitable for low light situations
If you are photographing in a low light situation, whether it is because of a cloudy day or night time. You will have to use slow shutter speed, and this is where a tripod comes.
Some of you may have taken photos of fireworks and lightning using tripods, with an aperture open to xx seconds. Buildings in your images will look nice and sharp, while pyrotechnics will show brightly. You can even go out shooting stars, which need long exposures. With a tripod, you can do all these things, leave the camera there and go take a break, have coffee and cookies while the camera is at work.
2. Shooting difficult angles
A tripod gives you higher and lower angles that are difficult to reach when working with a hand-held. Photography is easier when you have a tripod set at a center column, and you can move it from 0 degrees to 180 quickly. Your camera can directly face the ground or at 90 degrees if you want that angle. There are some tripods with low-level legs and arms, which means you can even position your camera almost to the ground level.
Sometimes people have to shoot from difficult angles or from a location that is not possible to reach without a tripod. Such as when you have a height, or you are at the low angle. Some latest tripods allow you to adjust the height way above your head, and also to the extremely low level. You can also shoot these angles by using a remote controller. Some tripods allow users to attach the camera to the central area which helps you to be close to your subject.
3. 100% Stability
No matter how much workout you do, your abs can't hold the camera steady for more than a few seconds. You will have some movement even if you have years of experience holding. If you are somewhat clumsy then it can be difficult to capture the photo at its best, you will end up with a photo that not even you want to see.
If the shutter speed is fast, let's suppose 1/100 a second or more, you may not find any difference in sharpness whether you capture by using hands or a tripod, but you can achieve a lot more with a tripod.
4. Sturdiness and weight
For a tripod to be useful to you, it must do the job smoothly. The tripods are either made of carbon or aluminum. They have their pros and cons; carbon is lighter and weights no more than few pounds. They are strong and don’t bend easily. They are also very expensive. On the other hand, aluminum ones are less expensive, but they are much heavy as compare to carbon tripods. Some photographers like carrying weight because they want their photos to be more stable, especially if they are taking images in a windy situation. If the weather is cold, then aluminum tripods can be difficult to handle.
5. Shooting landscapes
Are you aware of the difficulties that photographers face when capturing images of landscapes? One of the important settings is the aperture, between f/8 and f/16 for the landscapes, it ensures good depth with everything in focus.
These narrow areas reduce the natural light, which means you have to reduce the speed of shutter or may have to increase ISO to get the best exposure for your shot.
If you are using ISO it means that there will be noise, so the only option left is to reduce shutter speed, which requires setting the camera on the tripod so that there is no movement and you get the best results. When you are photographing without a tripod, shutter speed under 1/60th of a second is not recommended.