Among the various camera accessories the tripod is one of the most essential accessories for obtaining the best picture quality. Years before, when I was taking my shots without a camera tripod, the picture used to be miserable many times. I was convinced that using the tripod is the only way to protect photography from shaking. The tripod and the camera slider are the two accessories that are essential to ensure the picture quality in photography. In photography there is no substitution for a strong tripod. It is very important to mount the camera on a tripod for all types of shooting. By way of leveling the camera and adjusting its position I was able to achieve tremendous improvement in the quality of photography. I further understood that the tripod is quite necessary for all types of photography – landscape, architectural, environmental portraits, still images, close ups, etc. For slow shutter speeds, long exposures and for macro photography also tripod is quite essential. Tripod helps composition also. Just by leveling the camera and making a few adjustments for proper positioning tripod brings great difference in the quality of the final outcome.
However, just having a cheap quality tripod is not sufficient to get the best results. It must be a strong and stable tripod. The tripod should be well built and must have the capacity to carry the heavy camera that is fitted with a telephoto lens. The ideal tripod will weigh approximately 2 kg and must b able to support a minimum load of 5kg.
The tripod kit
When I bought the tripod kit I could save a considerable amount of money. Moreover, I was able to choose the legs and heads of the tripod thereby ensuring a perfect combination. The material of the tripod is also an important aspect to consider. The aluminium tripod is considered as the best quality tripod. The camera tripod that is made of aluminium is rigid as well as hard. Though carbon fiber tripods are also equally good they are quite expensive.
Features of a tripod
The mounting platform of the tripod has a diameter in the range 50 – 60 mm. The tripod will have stability when the diameter of the mounting platform matches with that of the head base. The multi angle legs of the camera tripod enable low level shooting as well as shooting on tricky terrain. Pivoting centre column is a new feature of the advanced type of tripod. It can be locked at ay position. The legs of the tripod are made from three different sections. As a result it can fold down making it more compact. The clip locks for the legs function quicker than the twist locks. The rubber pads that are provided for the feet are good for all conditions. In order to make the equipment more secure the platform of the tripod is provided with grub screws which can be tightened to lock the head.
Different types of camera tripod are now available in the market. Though tripod is a simple equipment, selection of the best type of tripod is a challenging task.