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Top 10 tripods for amateur photographers
Unless you have been living in the medieval ages, it is very likely that you have already seen a tripod and know what it is. Also, since you are reading this hub, it means you have a fair idea about how important it is to photography. But, just in case you don't know, tripods are those tall and thin structures that are used to support your camera, and are used for a variety of purposes by photographers, some of which include:
- To place your camera at a position which would be hard to maintain with your hands without support. For example, keeping your camera at your chest level.
- Placing the camera at a fixed location for extended periods of time (to make a movie for instance)
- Placing the camera at a fixed location for multiple shots (to make a stop motion animation)
- Several digital cameras already come with motion blur removing technology, but if you want crystal clear photographs that have absolutely no motion blur, it is still advisable to use a tripod.
- When you start using heavier and larger lenses, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain a steady hand and angle.
So, now that you know how important it is for professional level photography, lets check out the top 10 tripods, that are simple and easy to use, and whose costs do not put you off.
The Mini Tripods
This is a cool little tripod, that you can easily carry anywhere. Perfect for making stop motion animation, or if you are trying to capture something small. You can simply place it on your table and start capturing. It costs almost nothing. If you have never used a tripod, this is a good start.
Now this is slightly bigger. It has extensible legs with a head that can be tilted. Gives you a more professional feel, while keeping the costs really low.
The larger Tripods
This is a 50-inch tripod, with extensible, 4 section legs. The head can be titled to any angle you need. You can place the slightly bigger cameras on this, but not the really heavy ones. Ideal for indoors only, as it is very light weight.
This is a sturdy 62-inch tripod, which can be used even outdoors. Weighing 4 pounds, it is built to support up to 13 pounds. This comes with a ball head, for even easier use.
Built for outdoor photography, and folds into a very compact structure. Also weighs only 2 pounds, making it easy to carry. The metal ball head makes mounting your camera a breeze.
Now this is for the slightly advanced users with a variety of features that ensure precision. The maximum height it can reach is 42 inches. This can also support binoculars.
This might not be considered a tripod really, but serves the same purpose, and more. This allows you to capture panoramas automatically. Provides a very high precision, allowing your panoramas to be really detailed.
This very cheap, 72-inch camera has 3 section legs and is easy to carry because of its foam grip. Also comes with a carry case.
One of the sturdiest tripods, this comes with legs that can self align and is hence easy to set up. It also has a mid-level spreader, which increases the support it can provide. At 64-inch maximum height, it can support a maximum of 18 pounds.
So, now that you know about all these tripods, just start experimenting and embark on your journey to become a professional photographer, or even a movie-maker. But remember, this is just a tool. Professional photographers are really skilled with just their hands too, and not using a tripod provides you with a lot more flexibility with regards to angles and lighting.
It is you who must decide what is right for the particular photo or video that you are making.