As an amateur or professional photographer, you may be considering a number of accessories that you might want to incorporate into your practice. Some accessories seem more essential than others. It all depends on what your photography goals are.
So where do tripods fall on the spectrum of photography needs? Since tripods are useful in many different scenarios, they rank pretty high. Let’s take a look at the top reasons you need a tripod.
Having a tripod on hand opens up the best opportunities for photographers to compose a frame and crop an image, no matter what’s being shot.
After all, you don’t need to concentrate on constantly keeping your hands in a stationary position, and you have more time for a neat and careful layout of the photo.
City streets or country roads at night can be attractive to any photographer because they can be potentially beautiful and/or highly expressive. But in order to take pictures in the evening, you have to increase your camera’s exposure. Moreover, this increase in exposure can be very significant—sometimes up to several minutes.
As a result, if you’re holding a camera with just your hands during a night shoot, the image can begin to blur and lose its clarity.
So how do you get high-quality, sharp photos at night? In conditions where there’s insufficient lighting and long exposure times, tripods can come to the rescue. They allow you to take photos that are not blurry. Instead, they are sharp and detailed, even when the exposure exceeds the permissible limits. In addition, a tripod in a limited amount of light can help to achieve interesting, beautiful effects.
Many novice photo lovers think that the benefits of using a tripod are limited only to night photography. But this is far from the case. Tripods are widely used by professional landscape photographers, even during the day.
When shooting a landscape, you need a certain amount of time and patience to correctly frame a picture, wait for suitable lighting, and finally take some beautiful shots. If you’re holding your camera with your hands while waiting for an extended period of time, your fingers can start to tremble from fatigue, which naturally leads to a blurred frame and a decrease in picture clarity. This is where tripods come in.
Tripods play a significant role in macro photography. Tripods free your hands, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the process, and also provides high-precision focusing.
When macro shooting very small objects, your main task is to achieve picture sharpness, and this can be very difficult without a steady tripod.
A tripod is also used for taking photos with high dynamic range (HDR). As you know, due to the narrow dynamic range of the camera matrix, you often have to take pictures of the same scene with different exposures.
And when these series of images with different exposures overlap each other in graphics editors, the dynamic range of the photographic image is almost doubled. This technique is often used to shoot very contrasting scenes. However, to combine images with different exposures into one cohesive image, a tripod is necessary.
There are many other situations in which using a tripod is ideal. The ones listed here tend to be the most common. So it’s time to take your accessorizing more seriously and think about how a tripod can be a real game changer.