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: 2. Leaving the tripod behind

Photography Tips: use a tripod

It can be tempting to leave your tripod behind when you’re heading out for a day with your camera, it’s bulky and awkward to carry and using it slows you down at every stop.

But if you want to get the best from all those pixels on your camera’s sensor it’s really worth taking one with you.

SEE MORE: 3 ways to hold a camera when a tripod isn’t possible

High pixel-count cameras like the Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E, for example, need to be stock-still and used in mirror lock-up or exposure delay mode to get the benefit of their resolving power if the shutter speed is below around 1/125th second.

If you really hate carrying your tripod, maybe it’s time to invest in a model that’s specifically designed for easy transport.

Or perhaps you need to look for a new bag or strap that makes it easier to carry?

PAGE 1: Flimsy tripod
PAGE 2: Leaving the tripod behind
PAGE 3: Extending centre column
PAGE 4: Extending the bottom sections first
PAGE 5: Not leveling the shoulder
PAGE 6: Carrying the camera on the tripod
PAGE 7: Not weighting the tripod
PAGE 8: Erecting a tripod on wet sand


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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.