As a photographer, depending on the size and weight of the camera, it can be useful to carry a tripod in your kit bag. Made from aluminium, they are light yet stable and an aid to capturing the perfect shot. So, let us see what develops while investing them for this article.

Still Photography

The idea of still photography is that the image is still, and so should you be. The use of a tripod will prevent camera shake and provide stability. The stability of tripods usually depends on the question that how many legs do tripods have. It could be possible that a tripod with 4 or 5 legs can provide better stability as compared to a tripod with only 3 legs. Along with that, a tripod can help you to experiment with different angles and then temporarily set that perfect angle. Several shots can then be taken from that desired angle and the subject only alters your direction. If it is a human subject that is being photographed, it will be less distracting not to continually be moving around as the photographer. Tripods have height and tilt adjustments to achieve their different angles. Changing the angle allows for something to be photographed from a different perspective.

Motion Photography

When taking motion shots and speed is involved, a tripod can be used to fix the camera in one spot and let the speed or action pass the camera, rather than the photographer try to follow it. This invariably results in random attempts to find the subject and the perfect shot being missed. However, some photographers will prefer to have the camera rather than the subject move, or both. Generally, it is considered necessary that a tripod be used when slow-speed exposures are required to be made by a photographer. Slow motion shots are worth the effort because they rather impressively provide a feeling of movement within an image. Motion Photo will allow a photographer to capture the few seconds of the action which lead up to the shutter button’s release. It will additionally be able to pinpoint the moment a photographer desires for their still frame.


Telephoto Lens

When a telephoto lens is used, any camera shake will produce a blurred image, so to be able to stabilise the camera on a tripod is essential. In windy conditions, keeping the camera still can be even harder without a tripod. With a video camera and a good optical zoom, camera shake is particularly evident, but usually dealt with by a built-in image stabilizer on the better cameras. When this is absent, a tripod can provide an alternative or cheaper way of achieving the same sharp and clear images.


Many tripods will come with a changeable mount which allows its user to switch between holding a camera or binoculars. This is particularly useful for an ornithologist (a studier and/or expect in birds). In addition, nature lovers will find a tripod useful when spending nights out in a tent keeping watch. They then have no need to continually hold the camera, but instead, can just be ready to push its shutter button. This can be connected to a shutter release cable and operated from a distance.

So, plenty of uses for a tripod, from avoiding camera shake when taking motion shots, to avoiding blurred images when using a telephoto or zoom lens, and in having the option to switch your camera to a pair of binoculars. People will use binoculars because unless they have a 3D camera then most cameras are monocular. Binoculars, however, allow for both eyes to see at slightly different angles when viewing the same objects, allowing use of depth perception. Hence, the invention of digital camera binoculars. These allow you to take a photograph of exactly what is being seen, which will be a fair distance away. And, of course, the tripod will allow them to be held steady.