After purchasing a camera with lenses, a solid tripod is one of the next most important investments for a photographer. High quality photography images are rarely accomplished when a camera is hand held. A tripod is essential for low light cityscape, landscape or seascape photography during the early morning, late afternoon and evening, during twilight or night. It is a must for long exposure photography for silky water effects of brooks, rivers or waterfalls and it often comes in handy for shooting wildlife and macro photographs. It also is necessary when we experimenting with impressionistic or abstract photography.
The tripod not only steadies our shooting equipment for maximum picture quality, it also helps us to discover the world of photography. We are more likely to slow down, step back, think and compose a more meaningful photograph. We most likely answer questions like is the horizon straight, is there sufficient depth of field or shall I open up the aperture setting to minimize depth of field, are there any distracting elements in the foreground or background of my composition, do I even have a composition? A tripod allows us to explore the ever changing light while setting up gear for the best composition and patiently waiting for the optimal light. A tripod is like a third hand and it frees our hands to make last minute filter, camera or focal lens adjustments ~ don't ditch your tripod!
Good light and happy photo making! Juergen
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