But doing so requires knowing how to use a tripod like an expert. Follow these tripod tips to find out how to set up your camera to shoot from every angle possible.
Your tripod is just as important as your camera kit, and without one it would be impossible to take many shots at all.
A lot of the time, you’ll just use your tripod at a comfortable height, but to capture something a little different you need to think beyond using the tripod as a mere camera support. Instead, use it to shoot from unusual angles that give your images a creative edge.
Tripods come in many styles and configurations, but most have the option for the legs to splay right out.
This reduces its height, which is great for low-level shooting – an ideal way to accentuate foreground interest in your landscape images and get unusual perspectives on ground-dwelling wildlife subjects.
Centre columns can be a real pain if you want to get really low though, so consider buying a model without one. Alternatively, most can be removed and reinserted to mount your camera upside down.
Sometimes the best shooting position can be very awkward to get to, on uneven ground or higher than you can reach. But there are ways around this.
For example, two legs can be extended to full height and the third kept short to enable working on very steep ground.
In some cases, one leg can be redundant altogether, with the tripod resting on two legs and leaning against a vertical surface such as a fence. Or to gain height you can bring the legs much closer together or even hold the tripod high above your head.
Tripod tips for shooting from unusual angles
Get down low
Keep the legs at their minimum height and adjust the locking clips so the legs can be splayed out. There are often a couple of positions that the legs can be locked into to optimise the height. The absence of a centre column is best for ultra-low shooting.
Reverse the centre column
If your camera has a centre column, remove it and re-insert it the other way. You can now mount the camera upside down and position it close to the ground. Adjust your settings before positioning the camera and use Live View to compose the shot.
Handhold your tripod
A tripod can sometimes be used to good effect by holding it high up with your camera attached for an elevated view or unusual angle.
Set a high shutter speed of around 1/250 sec or faster to prevent camera shake and fire the shutter using a remote release.d re-insert it the other way.
You can now mount the camera upside down and position it close to the ground. Adjust your settings before positioning the camera and use Live View to compose the shot.