I own four tripods so why on earth don't I ever use them?!

Group of tripods
(Image credit: Future)

How many tripods are too many? This is a question I find myself pondering whenever I get that urge to sort and organize through my photography equipment. I currently own four, of various shapes and sizes and honestly, I rarely use any of them but there is something in me that just can’t and won’t part with them. I know they’re useful so why don’t I ever take them out with me?

First things first, I’m primarily a portrait photographer so it’s not like I need one for a lot of the stuff I shoot. You’ll usually find me lying on the ground, squatting in weird positions or climbing on top of things to get the perfect angle so a tripod is pretty much, obsolete. I do occasionally take self-portraits using my trusty Manfrotto 055 MT055CXPRO3  as it’s sturdy, has a spirit level built in, and is easy to set up to use in portrait mode, I also prefer the quick-release locks (as opposed to the twist lock legs). 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.