When you are taking photos, do you use a tripod?
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It depends. Usually, I use a tripod only for things like time-lapse photography or ultra-slow motion capture. Modern camera arrive with very good ISO performances and almost have wiped out the need for a tripod.
So, for normal shoots, I just kick up ISO till 1600 (I have a Nikon D3) and with that, even low light shooting is possible at shutter speeds like 1/50 of a second. Thus, a tripod is not necessary as such.
Actually it depends on the image you want to take! People usually use tripods when they are shooting at a slow shutter speed or to avoid camera shake . They may even use it for taking pictures of landscape, waterfalls, etc
I never used to, but I just bought one two months ago, and it makes a HUGE difference. I bought it to do some videos with my digital camera, but it makes a big difference on still photography as well.
Not usually, but I am doing macro with the tripod at the moment. Getting a steady focus is necessary when doing this kind of work, especially under tricky lighting conditions.
Since I take pictures of nature while on the go with my dog, I can't afford a tripod. It is just 'hike-see-point-shoot' kind of a thing for me.
Even those wildlife pictures I have taken in different parts of the world are on the go.
As you can easily see, bigger challenge for me is to keep camera always handy for that moment. I am willing to compromise on quality, as long as I get an evidence from nature itself that I was in that part of the world.
When I first got into photaography, I bought a very good used Nikon and used lenses, and those being heavy enough to haul around, plus the realization that I could continue to spend oodles of money on more equipment, I decided to keep it simple. I never bought a tripod and I never even bought a flash. When people saw my work, some told me I could have been a professional photographer. Guess I never needed a tripod myself.
I prefer to aim and shoot. Using tripod ensure that you do not shake while taking it or maybe you are looking at taking a shot that might be quite a while. So far, I still like to aim and shoot.
I do for my bird photos. I recently got another lens where I will be mounting the lens on the tripod instead of the camera, so it will be a lot heavier. The tripod will be beefier, too. Just for standard pictures I can change to a vibration reduction setting, so I don't have to use a tripod.
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