Common Tripod Mistakes: 3. Extending centre column
Most tripods have a centre column that extends to allow higher-level shooting than just using the legs alone.
However, this provides a much less stable platform when it’s extended than when it’s dropped down and should be used with caution.
Where possible, the legs should be used to get the camera to the correct height and any height adjustment should be done via the legs.
The column should only be used once the legs are at maximum extension and even when it’s fully retracted it’s important to ensure that is locked tight to reduce wobble.
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Common Tripod Mistakes: 4. Extending the bottom sections first
Because the lower sections of a collapsible tripod’s legs need to slip inside the upper sections when the tripod is packed away, they are thinner.
This means that they are a little less stable, so when the full height of the tripod isn’t required it’s best to extended the thicker, upper leg sections rather than the lower ones.
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