Best Reasons to Use Tripods for Digital Photography

by Paul Sanders

Whether you are a professional photographer or a hobbyist, you're always searching for ways to get that perfect shot. The right photo accessories can go a long way to helping you push the limits of your photographic skills. Tripods can help you get closer to capturing the perfect shot every time. Are you wondering if you should you buy a tripod? If you're a digital photographer, then you'll want to read these reasons why you should.

Why Use a Tripod:

  1. To save your arms: If you are planning on shooting for an extended period of time, either with a digital camera or a camcorder, tripods can hold the camera at the ready. A DSLR camera with a telephoto lens can be on the heavy side, which will feel even heavier after hours of taking photographs. Using tripods can really take the strain off your upper arms and shoulders.

  2. To steady your shot: No matter how steady your grip may be, it's not as steady as a tripod sitting on a solid surface. Flexing tripods can use nearly any surface, such as a railing or chain-link fence, to hold your camcorder or camera steady. Avoid motion blur in your shots and cut out camera-shake when shooting video by always using a tripod to steady your shot.

  3. To protect your gear: You camera will be much steadier if it is attached to a tripod instead of resting on a wall or balanced on your knee. All it takes is getting jostled or losing your balance to bump or drop your camera. Tripods are definitely worth using to avoid scratched, cracked, or broken lenses.

  4. For time-lapse photography: Clouds moving across a landscape, flowers blooming, busy streets filling and emptying: Time-lapse photography can capture all of these amazing scenes. But if you're doing time-lapse photos or video, it's just impractical not to use a tripod. Tripods will keep cameras steady for hours while you capture some impressive images.

  5. For auto shots: Manufacturers include timers on their cameras for a reason. A mini tripod can be just the thing you need to get out from behind the camera and into the shot for once. Get ready to be part of your family's holiday photos instead of awkwardly editing yourself in later.

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Updated December 23, 2014