Over the last couple of days on sharing my pictures on Twitter, Facebook and on here.. i’ve gotten good vibes on the shots – and i’m really grateful for that. The other question that seems to come out is “Did you use a tripod for the shot?” That answer for me, is almost always a yes. The only time that I answer “No, I did it Handheld” is reserved for when I was told I couldnt use a tripod – but it was still with me. The only difference between a good shot and a great shot is what you’re willing to go through to make it great.
I think that there is no device out there that takes your images to another level than a tripod. Allowing you to shoot at a lower shutter speed, keeping things still, and keeping things focused are absolutely impreative in certain photography – it is in mine. The problem is that tripods are a frustrating being. It would seem that they are prohibited almost anywhere.. and no one really likes carrying them.
The Case for Carbon Fiber
Tripods can be an expensive proposition. I always tell people, you should get a tripod that you are more likely to carry with you wherever you go. One of the biggest things that prevents people from doing this is weight. Carbon Fiber tripods counter that by making them really lightweight, yet able to support the load of a camera.
Recently, I started using the +Really Right Stuff TQC14 with BH30 Traveler tripod ( http://bit.ly/KkGfJC or see a post on it here: http://bit.ly/NSIdEt ). I love the size.. can pack in a suitcase.. and still light enough to carry everywhere. +Matt Kloskowski swears by the Gitzo travelers http://bit.ly/Qi1v7Z but uses a Really Right Stuff BH40 head with it.
The smaller/lighter the tripod is, the more apt you are to carry it. But you stillneed to carry it!
Whenever I go out to a location, I never let the fact that there could be a ban on a tripod stop me from bringing it. It goes on my camera bag, and never bothers me. Why? Cause its small and light! ( see a post on how I carry it here: http://bit.ly/QYboFa ) . If you carry it and you are told not to use it, then you’ve lost nothing. However.. if theres a moment where you can quickly whip it out and knock out a picture,.. there will never be a time where you wont go “Man… I am soo happy you’re here”
Can it be uncomfortable to run around with it? Sure. Is it annoying to be That guy that always has to take a moment to put the legs down, level out.. and try to make the shot, only to have to collapse it, pack it and move on? Sure it is. However.. if I had to choose between convenience and making my +Photography better, i’m always going to choose making it better…