To guarantee sharp shots of static subjects, using a tripod is essential, because it enables you to set any shutter speed you like and still get a shake-free shot. You’re then free to select the aperture you want to ensure maximum sharpness.
To help you along we’ve compiled 9 practical tips you should know when using a tripod to ensure that you get the images you want.
9 secrets to using a tripod like a pro
1 Fit for purpose?
Heavy lenses demand chunky legs and a tightly locking head. Ball heads are fine for lenses up to 300mm, but don’t handle longer optics well.
2 Quick fit
A quick-release plate isn’t essential, but it enables you to attach and detach your camera from the tripod head quickly and easily. Once you’ve used one, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.
3 On solid ground
It’s no use if your tripod legs are bouncing around on spongy vegetation. Push them through any grass until they meet something solid, and drive them firmly into soft ground if required.
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