To tripod or not to tripod...

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Sharkbait, Mar 12, 2004.

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How often do you use a tripod?

  1. < 10% of the time. I always shoot handheld

    26.7%
  2. 10% - 30% of the time. It's necessary for some shots, but I like the flexibility of handheld.

    53.3%
  3. 30% - 60% of the time. More often than not, I need that stability.

    10.0%
  4. > 60% of the time. You can't get a good, crisp shot without a tripod!

    10.0%
  1. Sharkbait

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    In general, average shooting, how often do you use a tripod?
     
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    I just hate taking the time to set it up or for that matter... to lug it around. :roll:
     
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    I used a tripod a lot when I shot landscapes, but kids don't like to sit still. I prefer the mobility and ability to "catch the moment" that handheld gives.
     
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    I prefer handheld unless my meter tells me I'm stupid to even try it. :p Although I have a pretty steady hand, I have no particular problem setting up.

    The only time I really get annoyed with it is when hiking or backpacking with the thing - but again, it's my fault for being too cheap to get a lightweight one for those occasions. :crazy:
     
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    The only times I can recall using a tripod are for self-p's and night shots.
     
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    Only if Im going to be using really long shutter speeds. Not really sure why else you would use one.
     
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    The question popped into my head primarily because of landscape photography. I shoot a lot of landscape stuff, and have never used a tripod (yes I own one, though). In bright light my shutter's running at 1/1600s or so, so there's no camera shake, even with a polarizer. I can't figure the advantage of a tripod then, I guess. :|

    For portrait stuff, I can see the need much more, but the couple times I've tried to do portraits with a tripod, I've ended up lasting about 3 minutes before yanking the camera off in a huff and throwing the tripod out the door. Even with lower lighting and the need for longer exposures, I couldn't stand the thing always in my way and restricting me.

    I'd really like to make better use of my tripod, but I just haven't figured out how I guess. :scratch:
     
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    I used a tripod for the shot of the hard drive I have in my sig. Then again the set up was also extremely low lighting. I had exactly one 25 watt blue bulb for the blue ambient light on. I think it was a 3 or 4 second shutter speed or something really long like that. I have loved playing with long exposures that the tripod will allow you to do but other than that... I don't see a need for them.
     
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    for most of the 'work' I do out in the streets a tripod is USELESS,
    it would be too hindering - I need to be quick, so I never carry one.

    In the studio, for product stuff I ALWAYS use a tripod, self-timer
    and mirror lock-up (can't be paranoid enough) :roll:
     
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    Yeah. A time and place for everything.

    Fast shutter speeds can't completely eliminate blur from camera shake, so if you are shooting for clients or want to make big enlargements, it's worth it if doing anything where the subject is stationary.
     
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    I have a really nice tripod that I use very infrequently. Great to have but I usually just make do since I can't bring myself to lug it around. When I do need one, I keep a small table top tripod in my camera bag or find a railing, trash can, or anything flat to set the camera on. Cable release and a small bean bag are ALWAYS packed in the camera bag as well.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    No one has mentioned that a tripod will quite often help with composition. By this I mean that the time it takes to set up and then fine tune the tripod will cause you to think more about composition.

    When I shoot hand held, I usually compose the shot by what I fit into the viewfinder and hope I get the overall composition I was looking for...

    When I use the tripod, I find that I am much more aware of the edges of the frame (in the viewfinder anyway).
     

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