POSITION A TRIPOD
Learn how to set up for maximum stability and sharpness
in this light, even pushing up the isO and opening the aperture doesn’t get a fast-enough shutter speed to enable handholding without camera shake.
EXTEND THE LEGS start with the top section and work down. this is best for stability, as the bottom sections of some tripods can be quite thin.
ADJUST THE HEIGHT it is best to alter the height of the tripod by adjusting the legs, as this gives a more stable platform than adjusting the centre column.
FINE-TUNE THE HEIGHT You can also use the centre column to fine-tune the height, as this is more convenient, though try to avoid using it on windy days.
LEVEL THE TRIPOD Most tripods have a built-in spirit level. use this to set up the tripod as level as possible. if it is leaning, this is likely to result in unsharp images.
COMPOSE YOUR SHOT a good tripod head makes composition easier. Geared heads and ball heads with friction control let you make minor adjustments easily.
USE A REMOTE RELEASE Release the shutter using a remote release. if your cam has a mirror, use mirror lockup and wait a few seconds to allow vibrations to die down.
Working in low light levels such as this, you can still shoot at base isO to maximise image quality and stop down the aperture to get sufficient depth of field.