You must have seen many professional photographers are always running around with their tripods to capture beautiful photos. Ever wondered why you need a Tripod for photography? In this blog, I’ll tell you some facts about photography with a tripod.
The essential thing about tripods is that it stabilizes your camera and that’s the whole idea and objective behind the Tripod. So why would you want to stabilize your camera? Well, there are so many different benefits to having your camera in a stable position. Landscape photographers are often photographing around sunset or sunrise during the blue and golden hours at the beginning of the day and the end of the day, and during this period of the day there is less light, and when there’s less light, you have this issue of how you’re going to get enough light onto your camera sensor to have an adequate exposure.
If you were hand-holding your camera you’re limited to fairly short shutter speed, and so you’re going to be forced to open up your aperture have a lower f-stop and raise your ISO, and then you’re limited to lower f-stops, and you’re not going to have the wide, deep depth of field. A lot of landscape photographers want to have InFocus details throughout the image, from the foreground to the background and so having a higher lower f-stop. Without the Tripod it is more difficult for landscape photographers & they usually avoid having a high ISO because they want to have as noise-free as grain-free as clean and image as possible & all of these things are achieved by the stabilization of camera with Tripod.
You must have seen a photo of the waterfall in which the water looks very soft & silky or you must have seen a photo of traffic with long red colour car trails. Such photographs are possible to shoot with long exposure or long shutter speed. It can be 1/60th of a second or less. This photography technique has become very popular in the last decade & on the internet, you will find many photographers have posted photos of Cityscapes, Steetlife, light painting, waterfalls etc. In Long exposure photography, Tripod is the key because you don’t want to have blur images because of your hand movements and messing up with a beautiful shot.
The video looks way better when its shot with the help of a stabilized Tripod, and it looks very professional. Nowadays every DSLR camera is used for recording a perfect video, and if you use the Tripod, it will give you an excellent video.
The night sky and the stars are very fun to photograph. But it is very challenging to take a picture in the dark with the long exposure and apertures. Most of the people like to static shot of the milky way and the perfect picture with the long exposure circling across the night sky. To take all of those wonderful pictures, you will need a tripod to hold the camera still.
These days many timelapse video trends over the internet and all of those great videos are captures with the help of tripods. In the timelapse, it is essential to have stabilization of the camera and still focused on the shot. It takes multiple sequences of images and turns it into a video which makes all of the action. So in time-lapse video recording, the Tripod is essential.
Landscape Photography is my favourite photography subject. I love taking shots of landscapes, buildings, abandoned places and abstracts. The aperture setting is most important in landscape photography where you can keep the aperture of f8, and it can go up to f16 for many of landscape shots which will give you a good depth in the field with all objects in focus. Here if you increase the ISO the noise will come into the picture and then if you want to eliminate the noise you can tweak with the help of shutter speed and here you will require the Tripod to avoid the handshake movements.
Portrait photography is the most popular genre in the photography world. Many portrait photographer captures the emotion and personality of people where the photo itself have an artistic touch. Here the large aperture is used to keep depth in the photo and keep the background out of focus. By using a Tripod, you will have a lot of creative control over the picture and better results can be obtained.
You will need a tripod in In High Dynamic Range photography where the view has a challenging lighting condition, and white balance is more on a brighter side and less room for the shadow. You will need multiple shots to take a picture in a different exposure and give some touch up with image editing softwares like lightroom & photoshoot.
Getting a perfect tripod is very important for your photography exploration. You will never want to get a wrong one and upgrade it from time to time.
There are three things to consider when it comes to buying a tripod i.e Stability, Weight & Price.
Firstly you should check the weight of your camera by attaching all the lenses. Every Tripod comes with a guideline on how much weight it can sustain on the top, So consider the Tripod which can support the weight of your camera gear.
Another thing which you want to consider is the weight of the Tripod itself. Many tripod makers have different material which makes the Tripod bulky or lightweight. If you’re going to carry the lightweight Tripod, then you will need to invest more in Tripods.
The materials of the Tripod has a direct effect on the price of the Tripod. You can find many Tripods online which costs less than $50, but the make and material are inferior in some cases, so its always better to go for the $100 -$500 range tripods depending on its features, weight & stability. Make sure it solves the purpose of the Tripod, i.e. to be portable and give stable support to your camera, and it can be adjusted in such a way so that it can hold the position for a longer time.