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The Side Effects of Using Tripods

Many consider tripods essential to landscape photography. However, in this article Rafael Rojas describes some of the side effects of using tripods that you may not have considered

It is common for most budding photographers to ask, “do I really need a tripod?” when confronting landscape photography for the first time.

I formulated the same question many years ago, as I was more used to roaming free and happy with my camera in hand, quickly responding to the landscape in a free process of reactivity. It was too soon for me to realise that, most of the times, that was going to be the biggest advantage of using a tripod in my photography: to make it ‘less’ quick.

Even if it is true that light and many natural subjects like wind and water are nothing but static, us landscape photographers have the luxury (if that’s the right word) to count with a certain extra amount of flexibility and larger possibilities of contemplation before our subjects have just run and left the scene. We would not imagine street or war photographers fighting with tripods when trying to photograph their elusive subject. However, when photographing the landscape, even when …

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Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas is a fine art photographer, author and lecturer, whose work has been awarded in the most prestigious international photography competitions. His Fine Art prints, sold internationally, form part of numerous private and public collections.

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