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'? Something that will hold your gear steady and safe, without them landing on the ground on the first gust 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:
- Some people buy their new camera kit from the local shop and when they ask for a tripod, the shop offers their own brand, or the cheapest and most profitable to them. Do not trust them, do your research first.
- Many believe that a tripod is nothing but a heavy item that will stop them from taking shaken pictures. With high ISO capabilities in new cameras, why do we need a tripod? Well, a tripod is much more than that. If you photograph a lot of sunrises/sunsets, low light means that you will use very high ISO for a normal shutter speed and this means, low quality images. On the other hand, if you use a tripod, you will be able to use low ISO – best image quality - and you will slow down (yes, tripods do that). Slowing down is a good thing in photography as it makes you think about composition, exposure and all general technicalities – the results can be seen on the final product.
- Many believe that tripods are expensive. Actually, they are not (in comparison to the rest of our gear). Usually we buy a cheap tripod 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 tripod, we have already spent enough money to buy it in the first place.
- What would I recommend? Without trying to sell anything through this feature (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 or similar.
Anyway, my advice is to ask before you buy, do a proper research.