Is Tripod Essential to Get the Best Shot?
By: Tristan Taylor   |    Author | Gulf Photo Plus
January 7, 2013   |   0 Comments

There are many professional photographers in Dubai who carry tripod along with their cameras. Those who are new in this field of photography often have a query why one needs to carry a heavy tripod when there is advantage of handheld photography. A dedicated photographer though may have clicked many beautiful snaps without a tripod but will never ignore the importance of tripod.

How advantageous a tripod is?

Though most trained photographers can focus correctly without a tripod and to achieve greater degree of accuracy tripod plays a significant role. Placing the camera on a steady object helps to improve quality of picture and squeeze every last drop within frame. It allows photographer to use much slower shutter speed which become imperative at the time of lower ISO’s. However, a tripod can function well if it stands perfectly on the ground. On a soft muddy ground you have to place some weight to make the tripod stand properly. Studying these utility an amateur interested in photography will end up buying a tripod without any research. That will not be effective in the long run. You need to select the perfect tripod in order to produce best pictures.

What criteria to consider while selecting a tripod?

Often sales people are misleading and push substandard products. Budget also becomes important determinant while choosing a tripod. However, to purchase a suitable product you need to understand few things. Job of a tripod is to hold the camera in position but it will be cumbersome task if you have to carry this load around. So prefer lightweight tripods. Though strong and lightweight may seem a bit of ambiguity- modern technology makes it possible to design light weight tripod that are effective.

Materials like aircraft grade alloys or carbon fibre are utilised to manufacture these lightweight tripods. Avoid purchasing one with “U” track legs; rather find out those with tube legs. The one with tube legs are of superior quality but come with a higher price tag. To test the tripod extend its legs fully and try to rotate it clockwise or anticlockwise. Those that are comparatively cheaper and inferior quality will wobble much.

Carbon fibre legs are rigid, warmer to touch during winter and far lighter. Though it is costly investment in carbon tripod is worthy. While researching you will find that price of these carbon legs vary considerably. It actually depends on the quality of carbon used. A fine quality tripod leg will completely flat to the floor enabling lowest camera angle possible.

Essential features

·        Twist lock legs (as lips are often brittle)

·        Three leg section

·        Preferred material is carbon fibre

·        Tripod with centre column

Where to buy these tripods?

Internet is a great place to research and even to purchase any types of products. Buy photography accessories online at Dubai and produce some exceptional snaps. You will be free from any sales person trying to mould your decision while purchasing things online and you can stick to your decision and buy tripod that you think of finest qualities. However, invest a little money in order to purchase the best one.

Tristan Taylor is a fashion photographer. He also takes an interest in architectural photography. He is associated with various photography workshops, seminars and spark sessions. Tristan conducts training courses in photography for the beginners and also for the advanced level.  In his latest articles on top photography training in Dubai he shares some interesting ideas and helpful resources on photography accessories. Tristan found Gulf Photo Plus extremely helpful to extract information regarding photography.

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