Take things steady

Get to grips with set­ting up your tri­pod for rock-solid shoots

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The mis­sion

Learn tips and tricks to set up a tri­pod


30 min­utes

Skill level

Be­gin­ner In­ter­me­di­ate Ad­vanced

Kit needed


Some peo­ple only ever shoot hand­held, but in cer­tain con­di­tions, or with par­tic­u­lar sub­jects and cam­era set­tings, photos with­out a tri­pod sim­ply won’t make the grade. In low light, for ex­am­ple, shut­ter speeds will sim­ply be too slow to hold the cam­era steady enough for a sharp shot, And while you might be tempted to open up the aper­ture or in­crease the ISO to en­able a faster shut­ter speed to com­pen­sate, this will com­pro­mise depth of field or im­age qual­ity.

In ad­di­tion to help­ing avoid the dreaded cam­era shake, a tri­pod is a great com­po­si­tional aid, enabling you to re­ally con­sider what is – and isn’t – in the frame. It can aid su­per-long-ex­po­sures for creative ef­fect too – such as we used to tame the rag­ing sea into a silky blur in our im­age.

Tripods have a sur­pris­ingly large num­ber of fea­tures, so we’ll ex­plain how to use these to help your shoot­ing. We’ll also share some in­sider tips for get­ting that tri­pod set up in no time at all. After all, if you’re out in cold or wet con­di­tions (as we were here), ev­ery sec­ond counts as you try to stay warm while rac­ing to get the per­fect shot.

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