When you become enthralled with photography, taking pictures becomes much more than just point and shoot. You will spend money on better cameras and lenses. You will also start changing the settings on your digital camera, such as the shutter speed, aperture, and exposure time. When using a lot of these advanced settings, is it better to use a camera tripod to enable you to take pictures that are worthy of a budding photographer.
Slow Shutter Speed
With the advent of DSLR cameras and better equipment, shooting images with a slow shutter speed has never been easier. However, to do this successfully, you need to have a tripod. This is because with slow shutter speed, you must keep the camera completely still. Even touching the camera in any way could distort the image. Placing the camera on the tripod allows for a flawless shot. These photos will be purposely blurred, like that of star trail images or blurred traffic against a sharp background.
Low Light Pictures
Taking photos at night successfully takes time, patience, and skill. It is almost impossible to get a clear, sharp picture while holding the camera. A tripod is required to take detailed night images. It is also common for professionals to take photos with long exposures at night. If the camera moves, even just once, it could cause stationary objects to appear blurry, requiring a reshoot.
A true landscape photo takes time to perfect. You are not merely pointing and shooting, but choosing the perfect place and then adjusting the settings on your camera to get a sharp depth of field. This is achieved by increasing the f-stop, which slows the shutter speed. Because of the slow shutter speed and longer exposure, the camera needs to be stable and not moving to achieve the best results.
Time-lapse photos are images of a landscape or subject that are taken over time. These images need to be taken from the same exact spot and angle for each photo. Over minutes or hours, pictures are taken over and over again during this time. A tripod will keep the camera in the same place for an effective time-lapse shoot. These images can later be combined into a movie.
HDR or high dynamic range images are created by taking pictures of different exposure lengths of the same landscape or subject. The final image is created by layering the different exposures on top of one another with image editing software. To do this properly, the images have to be the same, other than shutter settings. Therefore, you will need a good tripod.
Investing in a good camera tripod is worth the cost in the long run. It allows you to expand your knowledge of photography and take photos you never would be able to before. Yes, lugging around a tripod is not very fun, but it is necessary to create beautiful and dramatic photos. When you decide to buy a tripod, try out several sizes. It is worth it to have more than one size to give you the greatest opportunity to take many professional looking pictures with your digital camera.