En­sure your head’s screwed on...

Be­fore you do any­thing else, you’ll need to at­tach your head to your tri­pod

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01 Size mat­ters

Heads fas­ten to tripods via a 1/4-inch or 3/8-inch screw. The lat­ter is more com­mon. To max­imise com­pat­i­bil­ity, tripods of­ten have a re­versible screw, while heads of­ten come with an adap­tor, which you’ll need to fit or re­move as nec­es­sary.

02 Hand tight

If you try to fit the head while the cen­tre col­umn is se­curely fas­tened, the col­umn can be slightly scratched as it twists against its lock­ing screw. It’s bet­ter to loosen or re­move the col­umn and then screw the head on un­til it’s hand-tight.

03 Turn the screw

To lock the head in place, many de­signs fea­ture one or more grub screws in the plat­form at the top of the col­umn. Where available, tighten these with a hex key or screw­driver once the head has been twisted hand-tight onto the col­umn.

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