One of the main things that seem to separate the professional photographer from the newbie is gear. And a tripod is an important part of this gear. It is a great accessory to purchase and can assist you with your photography. There is a vast variety of tripods available on the market today in different shapes and sizes. If you do not already have it and are considering adding one to your photography equipment, here are five reasons why a tripod can be beneficial to your photography.
- Long exposure photography
A clear illustration of when you are going to need a tripod is for long exposure photography – where you try to capture a sharp image by keeping the shutter open for a long period of time. A tripod will not let you end up with blurry photos as it helps to minimize the risk of any hand movement. It is a perfect option for creating the “dragged sky” and “milky water” effects.
- Photographing in low light
As the day falls to dusk or when you are shooting inside, there might not be very much light available. However, there are some camera settings you can adjust to increase its exposure and sensitivity to light. These features are the ISO and shutter speed. However, we already know, with a slower shutter speed, there is the risk of unwanted blurring. So using a tripod will greatly assist you.
- Better photos of yourself
What do you do when you are traveling by yourself, and there is nobody to take a picture of you? The answer is quite simple: put the camera on a tripod, set the timer, and run into place. Using a tripod frees you and allows you to photograph yourself at whatever distance from the camera you wish. Some tripods even come with wireless remote controls that help you to activate the shutter wherever you want. And when there is a company, you can take a group photo and be in it, too!
- Time lapses
A tripod is essential to time-lapse photography. Time-lapse is ideal for capturing moments that happen for extended periods of time. It is achieved by editing together a sequence of shots that are captured after intervals of seconds, minutes, or even hours. You then combine these shots into a short video clip that lasts a few seconds to a few minutes. To get the best results, it is very crucial to keep your camera steady.
- Landscape photography
If you enjoy taking pictures of landscapes, a tripod is a must-have accessory for you. When shooting landscapes, one of the most crucial camera settings is the aperture. Choose the fairly small aperture, ensuring you get a wide depth of picture with everything clearly in focus. Unfortunately, this narrow aperture reduces the light coming in, which means you need to reduce the shutter speed. And reducing the shutter speed (you have guessed it) means you need to mount the camera on a tripod to avoid hand movement.