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Tripods: The Key to Good Photographs and Films?
You spend some serious money on a great new camera or camcorder but your images still aren't eliciting the rave reviews you would like among family and friends. How can it be?
Obviously, there can be a number of reasons but one common cause is the failure to adequately steady the camera or camcorder resulting in blurry photographs and unsteady and even downright undulating home movies. The solution is simple: use a camera tripod.
Choosing a Tripod
Below are some tips to help you find a quality camera tripod. But remember, if you're on a tight budget and are a very casual user, some lesser models are still better than no tripod at all. Even bottle cap tripods can be useful.
Choosing the Right Tripod: Sturdiness
Camera tripods with dual-stanchioned legs tend to provide a more stable, strong base for your digital camera or camcorder.
Tripods with rivets tend to be less durable and therefore, those with nuts and bolts are generally preferable.
Choosing the Right Tripod: Ease of Use
If a tripod is difficult or time consuming to set up, most people will avoid using them, choosing instead to leave them setting in the closet. This of course, renders them completely ineffective!
Thus, it can be important to select a camera tripod that is easy to set up; those which have lever type leg locks versus twist locks tend to be faster and easier to manipulate.
Choosing the Right Tripod: Weight
In addition to ease of set up and use, the weight of a tripod can be another factor that either encourages or discourages use. Clearly, an overweight camera tripod is not one that users wish to tote everywhere they go and often sits neglected in the corner.
On the other hand of course, strength can be critical. Thus, carbon fiber and titanium are often preferred in the construction of top rated tripods. Aluminum however, can provide adequate strength for the average amateur with a light weight camcorder or digital camera during light to moderate use. Certainly, aluminum also reduces the expense.
Choosing the Right Tripod: Leveling
Camera tripods with a bubble level can help assure a level shot. Other features that can be useful in this regard are legs that allow independent height/length adjustment or, in the instance of outdoor filming, a spike to deal with uneven terrain.
Choosing the Right Tripod: Movement
When using a tripod with a camcorder it can be particularly important to assure the tripod offers smooth movement as you may wish to pan horizontally to follow action while filming.
A ball head tends to provide optimal movement on a tripod.
Brunton Full Size Tubular Aluminum Tripod, with removable head
This mid-range camera tripod is full-sized with a tubular aluminum construction. It provides excellent stability for filming and taking still shots at night. It offers a built-in bubble level to for error free shooting, a removable three-way pan head to assure a smooth and steady shot, as well as individual pushbutton leg angle adjustments for the ultimate flexibility.
This tripod is easy to carry and, with two attached "leg warmers", assures the users comfort. Secure and steady the non-slip rubber feet provide stability even on slippery surfaces. This Bruton tripod adjusts from 28.5 to 70.5 inches and weighs a reasonable 7 pounds. Shoppers can buy with confidence as it is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Slik Heavy-Duty Tripod with 3-Way Fluid-Effect Head and Built-In Bubble Level
This SLIK camera tripod offers exception value. Light weight and compact as it is less than 2 feet long when completely folded and weighs under 3.5 lbs. It extends to a maximum height of 59 inches and possesses a 3-way smooth "Fluid effect" pan head and bubble level. It's geared center column allows users to easily make fine height adjustments while it's large quick release plate makes mounting and removal of the camera or video camera simple. Set up is quick and easy with quick release leg locks while the retractable metal spike and hard rubber padded feet provide stability on any surface.
This tripod is most appropriate for casual users with light to moderate use.
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