As I run frequent photographic workshops, one thing that can be noticed time and again is the lack of a proper tripod. What do I mean by "proper"? I mean something that will hold your gear steady and safe, without them landing on the ground on the first blow of the wind. Even people with expensive gear seem to arrive with low priced and basically, useless tripods.
I believe these are some of the reasons:
- We buy our new camera kit from the local shop and when we ask for a tripod, they offer their own brand, basically, the cheapest and most profitable to them. Answer? Do not trust them, do your research first.
- We believe that a tripod is nothing but a heavy item that will stop us from taking shaken pictures. With high ISO capabilities in new cameras, why do we need a tripod? A tripod is much more than that of course and here are some answers. If you are doing a lot of sunrise/sunset photography, low light means you will use very high ISO for a normal shutter speed and this means, low quality images. If you use a tripod, it means that you will slow down (yes, tripods do that). However, this is a good thing in photography as it makes you think about composition, exposure and all general technicalities, and the result will show on the final product.
- We believe that tripods are expensive. Actually, they are not (in comparison to the rest of our gear). Usually we buy a cheap one and when we realise that it is not good enough, we buy the second best, and maybe the third best. By the time we buy a proper one, we have already spent enough money to buy it in the first place.
- What would I recommend? Without trying to sell anything through the blog (I do not get any commission anyway) but through own experience, one tripod I would recommend for its stability and good price, would be the Manfrotto 055 aluminium series. Now, I wish Manfrotto would start paying me some commission.
Anyway, my advice is to ask before you buy, do a proper research.