Get a leg up

Claire Gillo re­veals her six es­sen­tial tri­pod tips – so your cam­era can stand on its own three feet!

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Six must-know tips for us­ing a tri­pod

If you want to shoot us­ing a long ex­po­sure set­ting then you’ll need to make sure your cam­era stays in the same po­si­tion all the time the shut­ter is open. This is where your tri­pod comes to the res­cue.

A tri­pod is an es­sen­tial ac­ces­sory for any pho­tog­ra­pher. They come in all sizes and weights, but all per­form the same ba­sic task and have a fairly sim­i­lar shape. They have three legs, which you can ex­tend if you need to. Light­weight, small tripods are handy if you’re on the move, but prob­a­bly won’t pro­vide enough support if you’re us­ing a heav­ier lens or cam­era body. Gen­er­ally, the heav­ier and more solid the tri­pod, the bet­ter it will be for keep­ing your cam­era sta­ble. How­ever, if you need to carry it round all day you’ll have to come to a com­pro­mise be­tween weight and sta­bil­ity.

Your tri­pod has two parts: the legs and the head. The head sits be­tween your cam­era and the legs. There are two ba­sic de­signs, ball head and three-way. The ball head is best for wildlife, por­traits and ac­tion, as it has free move­ment, whereas the three-way de­sign is more ac­cu­rate for land­scapes and macro pho­tog­ra­phy.

What­ever head and leg com­bi­na­tion you choose, here’s how it works…

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