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Keep it steady

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Play all the an­gles for a firm and se­cure foot­ing when us­ing light­weight tripods

01 Use the an­gles

Splay the tripod legs to their widest avail­able an­gle when you’re shoot­ing from a fairly low op­er­at­ing height but not in­vert­ing the cen­tre col­umn. The feet will then cover a much larger ground area, giv­ing a far more se­cure plat­form.

02 Ex­tend the cen­tre col­umn

We usu­ally sug­gest ex­tend­ing the cen­tre col­umn as a last resort. How­ever, with travel tripods that have very thin lower leg sec­tions, ex­tend­ing the col­umn be­fore the bot­tom leg sec­tions can give more rigid­ity – but be­ware of top­pling.

03 Portrait ori­en­ta­tion

When shoot­ing in portrait ori­en­ta­tion, ro­tate the cam­era clock­wise (viewed from rear) to en­sure that it doesn’t work loose on its at­tach­ment thread. Also, swivel the cam­era so that its weight is po­si­tioned over the for­ward-fac­ing leg.

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