8 tripod mistakes every photographer makes (and how to get it right)

8 tripod mistakes every photographer makes (and how to get it right)

Common Tripod Mistakes: 3. Extending centre column

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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.

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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

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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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  • Steve

    Re: #7 Weighting the Tripod. If I’m not lugging my camera bag around with me to use as a weight, I always take a plastic carrier bag with me. Filled with stones or small rocks, this is a really handy way to improvise a weight for your tripod.

  • That’s a great tip, thanks for sharing!

  • Steve Raynor

    I have 3 large jar lids in my bag that make superb mudfeet for the tripod. They are kept in a plastic carrier bag, so if I’m not near water to wash them, they go straight into the bag without the worry of muck and sand getting everywhere.